Career Path

Overview of Raquel A. Sandoval Ortega's career path.

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Postdoctoral Fellow at the Corder Lab
Perelman School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania


Professional Training

2023 - ongoing : Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
"The Opioid System as a Mediator of Sleep and Pain Interactions"
PI: Dr. Gregory Corder.

2022 : Visiting Scholar
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
"The Neural Dynamics of Chronic Pain in Sleep and Wake"
PI: Dr. Mike X Cohen.
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2018 - 2023 : PhD student
Department of Physiology, University of Bern, Switzerland.
"The Thalamic Gating of Painful Stimuli during Sleep and Wake in Health and Disease"
PI: Prof. Thomas Nevian.
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2017 - 2018 : Intern
Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
"Implementation of Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy in vivo"
PI: Prof. Bruno Weber.

2015 - 2017 : Master student and later Research Assistant
Brain Mind Institute, École Polytechnique Féderal de Lausanne, Switzerland.
"Regulation of Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis by Lactate: Relevance to Antidepressant Treatments”
PI: Prof. Pierre Magistretti.

2015 : Student lab rotation
Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience, University of Freiburg, Germany.
"Modeling of Beta Oscillations in the Basal Ganglia"
PI: Prof. Robert Schmidt.

2015 : Student lab rotation
Institute de Neurosciences Cellulaires et Integratives
University of Strasbourg, France.
"Characterization of Glioblastoma Multiforme Stem Cells"
PI: Prof. Dominique Bagnard

2014 : Lab Assistant
Institute of Anatomy, University of Bern, Switzerland.
"Anatomical Characterization of Glycine Receptors"
PI: Prof. Benoit Zuber.

2012 - 2014 :
Solo traveling & Sporadic jobs in the service industry

2011 - 2012 : Voluntary internship
Department of Basic Psychology, IDIBELL, Spain.
"Dissociation between Musical and Economic Rewards"
PI: Prof. Antoni Rodriguez Fornells.

2011 : Voluntary internship
University Hospital Charité, Germany.
"The Role of Prolactin and Prolactin Receptor in Proliferation and Differentiation of Adult Precursor Cells in the Murine Central Nervous System"
PI: Prof. Barbara Steiner.

2009 : Voluntary internship
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain.
"Determination of G-coupled Protein Histamine Heteromeric Receptors in the Striatum"
PI: Prof. Carme Lluís Auladell.


2018 - 2023.
PhD in Neuroscience
PI: Prof. Thomas Nevian
University of Bern, Switzerland

Visiting scholar (2022)
PI: Dr. Michael X Cohen
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2014 - 2016.
Joint Master in Neuroscience
University of Strasbourg, France
University of Basel, Switzerland
Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany

Master thesis (2015-2016)
PI: Prof. Pierre Magistretti
EPFL (École Polytechnique Féderal de Lausanne), Switzerland

2007 - 2012.
Licenciatura in Biology (equivalent to bachelor and master degree)
University of Barcelona, Spain
Specialisation: Human Biology

Erasmus (2010-2011)
Université Denis Diderot - Paris VII, France
Lectures of the Master of Molecular Biology


Hemsley Fellowship Award to attend the CSHL course Neural Data Analysis.

Doc.Mobility grant of the University of Bern to go to Radbout University.
Travel Fellowship from the Swiss Society for Neuroscience to attend FENS.
Travel Aid from the GCB to attend ICON.
Promotion Fund from the University of Bern for ySSN science event.

FENS IBRO-PERC Travel Grant to attend SfN.
Promotion Fund from the University of Bern for PhD & Postdoc retreat

IBRO-PERC Travel Grant to attend FENS.
Promotion Fund from the University of Bern for NBM & ySSN science events.

Promotion Fund from the University of Bern for NMB science events.

Erasmus Mobility Grant to attend Paris Diderot VII University.

GCB -- Graduate School of Cellular and Biological Sciences
CSHL -- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories
NMB -- Neuro Meetups Bern
ySSN -- young Swiss Society for Neuroscience

Attended Summer Schools

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories course on "Neural Data Analysis"
Cold Spring Harbor, US

"Analyzing Neural Time Series" by Mike X Cohen
"Linear Algebra for Neuroscientists" by Mike X Cohen
Radboud University, The Netherlands

"Analyzing Neural Time Series" by Mike X Cohen

Neuroscience School of Advanced Studies “Sleep and Circadian Rhythms"
Venice, Italy


Teaching Assistant at "Analyzing Neural Time Series" by Mike X Cohen
Bucharest, Romania

Tutor of Problem Based Learning sessions for 2nd year medical students.
University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.