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Romina Garcia de Leon

Master's student


University of British Columbia

Applied (Clinical and Engineering Applications)

Laboratory of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology

Romina is a MSc student in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, under the supervision of Dr. Liisa Galea in the Laboratory of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology. Broadly, Romina wishes to investigate reproductive periods and the neurobiological underpinnings that increase stress vulnerability and depression in females, and subsequently their offspring. Her research focus is on postpartum depression (PPD) and whether immune modulations improve antidepressant efficacy in a rodent model of PPD and increase stress resilience in offspring.

Romina is passionate about bridging the knowledge gap in women’s health research, to do this she hopes to emphasize the importance of female-only studies, as well as sex difference research in neuroscience. Her goal as a Women’s Health Research Cluster trainee Co-lead is to help emphasize research being done in the field to advance women’s health, as well as help communicate findings in an accessible way.

Connect with Romina on Twitter @rominagl4

Area of Research Expertise
Postpartum depression; Antidepressants; Rodent models; Stress resilience