Dra. Soto-Montenegro belongs to the Medical Imaging Laboratory (LIM) included in the Medicine and Experimental Surgery Unit (UMCE) at Gregorio Marañón Hospital(HGUGM) in Madrid (Spain) and also belongs to the network CIBER of Mental Health (CIBERSAM) in Madrid (Spain). She has a PhD in Biology and an MS in Pharmacy and has over 16 years’ experience in management and laboratory animal surgery, different techniques of cell cultures, biochemical and radiopharmacy. Since 2002, she is at the forefront of all PET imaging studies being conducted with laboratory animals in the LIM at HGUGM and now she is the responsible of the Nuclear Preclinical Service at the Medical Imaging Laboratory of UMCE. She has a strong expertise in preclinical neuroimaging with PET-CT and MRI techniques; analyses of regions of interest and statistical parametric mapping in small animals. She has been the principal investigator in 8 national projects and has collaborated in 11 projects in the last five years, being one of them a European project (ERA-NET NEURON project).(http://image.hggm.es/). She has been a member of the Ethics Committee on Animal Experimentation from 2007-2013 and belongs to the European Molecular Imaging Society (ESMI). She has been a reviewer in Molecular Imaging and Biology, PlosOne and BMC-Complementary and Alternative Medicine journals; and also a reviewer at the international conference World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC) and external evaluator of research projects for the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ).
Her main research line is focus on preclinical molecular imaging research in neuropsychiatric diseases, especially in schizophrenia, in collaboration with various national groups [Dept. Psychiatry (HGUGM), Dept. Neuroscience (UCA), Dept. Psychobiology (UNED), Department CC. (University of Medicine of Charity (Berlin), Univ. Tel-Aviv (Israel), University of Toronto (Canada) among others], and with other research centers outside the HGUGM, as well as several pharmaceutical companies (Pharmamar, BCN Peptides, Glaxo-SmithKline).