Sonia Villapol

Sonia Villapol
Assistant Professor Georgetown University Medical Center, Department of Neuroscience Washington, DC


I graduated from the University of Santiago of Compostela, Spain in 2002 with a Bachelor´s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and received my Master´s degree and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain in 2007. Starting in 2007, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at CNRS in the University Pierre and Marie Curie VI and INSERM in Paris, France; and NIH and USUHS/Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine in Bethesda, MD. In 2014 I joined to Georgetown University where I´m currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience.

Research Interest

My research interests are mainly focused on the elucidating of mechanisms of cell death, gliosis, inflammation and neurogenesis via several models of brain damage and how inflammatory mediators connect the brain with the periphery. To date, my research has mainly been dedicated towards the development of novel therapeutics to repair the brain after damage.