Rubèn López-Vales

Rubèn  López-Vales

Rubèn López-Vales




Department of Cellular Biology, Physiology and Immunology

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Rubèn López Vales is tenured assistant professor of the Department of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Universitat de Girona in 2001 and received his PhD in Neuroscience from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2005. He performed a postdoctoral stage at McGill University in Canada (2006-2009), and returned to Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona in 2009 as tenure-track lecturer in the Department of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology. His scientific work is focused at modulating the inflammatory response in central nervous system disorders with the aim at developing novel therapeutic interventions. He has contributed to more than 30 articles and to 3 book chapters. He is also the co-author of 4 patents.



The overarching goal of his research is to study the contribution of inflammation to tissue damage after spinal cord injury, and to other neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In particular, the research lines they are currently working are:

  1. To understand the molecular mechanisms that mediate the detrimental aspects of macrophage activation in the central nervous system.
  2. To assess the therapeutic effects of molecules that actively regulate the resolution programs of the inflammatory response in central nervous system disorders.
  3. To identify factors that could create an immune response that is conducive to both neuroprotection and regeneration after spinal cord injury 
Group of Neuroplasticity and Regeneration
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