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Patricia Zunszain

Dr Patricia Zunszain

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Dr Zunszain's research focuses on elucidating underlying mechanisms of mood disorders. She uses cellular models to mimic brain function as well as saliva and blood clinical samples to study different psychiatric disorders in collaboration with other teams, looking for biomarkers that can follow disease and predict response. The ultimate aim of her research is to provide a basis for improved treatment. She has a particular interest in the role of inflammation and stress in depression, and is now studying the role of oxidative stress as a model to describe molecular changes underlying depression as well as neurodegeneration, with the expectation to provide new pharmacological targets to design more effective medications.

Patricia has a strong interest in the formative development of students and researchers, both academically and as individuals. She is also developing initiatives to support their mental health.  She is Faculty Senior Tutor (Student experience), Postgraduate Skills Coordinator, and NIHR Maudsley BRC PGR Education & Skills Lead.

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