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Romina Garcia de Leon
University of British Columbia
Romina is a MSc/PhD 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.
To answer this question, Romina’s work focuses 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.
Romina works with us as a Blog Coordinator and trainee co-lead. Her goal 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