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Dr Nephtali Marina- Gonzalez
G15
Rayne Building
5 University Street
London
WC1E 6JJ
Tel: 442076790968
Fax: 442076796211
Appointment
  • Senior Research Fellow/ Fellow
  • Metabolism & Experi Therapeutics
  • Div of Medicine
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
Biography

Dr Marina-Gonzalez is a cardiovascular neuroscientist based in the UCL Department of Clinical Pharmacology. He  studied Medicine in Mexico where he did a Masters and a PhD in Neuroscience. He completed postdoctoral training in UCL and Cambridge before obtaining a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship to study the interaction between circulating adipokines and peripheral and central chemoreceptors in the development of obesity-related hypertension. 
He is organiser of the Heart and Circulation module for 3rd year undergraduate medical students. 


Research Themes
Research Summary

In my lab we study the role of the autonomic nervous system in the pathogenesis of hypertension and heart failure. We employ a wide array of cutting-edge techniques, including optogenetics and pharmacogenetics for selective activation or inhibition of astrocytic and neuronal networks that control cardio-respiratory activity. This involves active collaboration with Prof Alexander Gourine (UCL),  Profs Sergey Kasparov and Prof Julian Paton (University of Bristol), Prof Andyrew Tinker (William Harvey Heart Centre), Prof Michael Spyer (UCL), Dr Vidya Mohamed-Ali (ADL, Qatar) Dr Stefan Trapp (Imperial College London) and Prof Gregory Funk (University of Alberta).
In 2011, I was awarded a British Heart Foundation Intermediate Research Science Fellowship to investigate the role of peripheral and central adipokine sensors in the development of obesity-related hypertension.

Teaching Summary

  • In 2013 I became course organiser of the Heart & Circulation module 
  • Lecturing in the following courses: Circulation & Breathing, Heart & Circulation, Respiration in health and disease.
  • Other academic activities: Workshops, practicals and tutorials for 1st and 3rd years MBBS students.
  • In 2010 I was awarded a Postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching in higher education by the Centre for Advancement of Learning and Teaching, UCL.  

Academic Background
2003 PhD Doctor of Philosophy Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
1998 MD Doctor of Medicine Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
1998 MSc Master of Science Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
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