Professor and Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair
Department of Neuroscience
Baylor College of Medicine
TX, Houston
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States


BS from University of the Republic
MS from Pierre et Marie Curie University
PhD from University of Nantes
Post-Doctoral Fellowship at McGill University

Professional Interests

  • Cellular and molecular mechanism of memory storage

Professional Statement

Memory is essential for the survival of all organisms: for humans, it forms the core of our identity. My laboratory’s primary aim is to understand the neurobiological basis of long-term memory formation. We seek to understand what happens in the brain when a memory is formed and more specifically how a labile short-term memory becomes a stable long-term memory. Disorders of learning and memory can strike the brain of individuals during development (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder or Down syndrome), as well as during adulthood (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease). We are also interested in understanding the specific circuits and/or molecular pathways that are primarily targeted in cognitive disorders and how they can be restored. To tackle these questions, we use a multidisciplinary, convergent and cross-species approach that combines mouse and fly genetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, imaging, stem cell biology, optogenetics and behavioral techniques.

Selected Publications