Dr. Dagnino is Director of the Laboratory of Neurobiology of Stress at University of Valparaíso. He is also Associate Professor in the Institute of Physiology, Faculty of Sciences. Dr. Dagnino is Biochemist (Austral University of Chile) and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (University of Chile, major training in Neurosciences). His postdoctoral training was at the Department of Psychiatry (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile), consisted on the analysis of the stress effects on non-limbic brain areas such as the auditory system. Dr. Dagnino was Visiting Researcher at the Sapolsky Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, and also at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Dagnino has developed numerous training programs for undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of areas including: Neurobiology of Stress, Limbic System and Emotions, Learning and Memory, and also published 28 ISI research articles.
His research primarily involves the understanding the neurobiology of stress and resilience (www.stress.cl). Dr. Dagnino study in animal models how stress and diet of lifestyle influences the neuronal activity in brain areas that regulates the stress responses and resilience, for example, the amygdala and prefrontal cortex. The Dagnino Lab’s has specialized in vivo electrophysiological recording in behaving rats using a wireless system. This technology allows us to better study during behavior the dynamics of neuronal activity (LFP, Spikes) related to emotional processing. Thus, it is possible to understand how these neural networks are affected when specific behaviors are developed in animal models of neuropsychiatric disorders. For example, it is possible understand in these animal models how neural networks that regulate the mood are affected as the depressive-like behaviors or resilience develops.