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I have come to Stanford University to increase my knowledge and acquire new skills in neuroscience and synaptic plasticity. My interest in the brain arises from its unique complexity and malleability to shape different behavioral outcomes. My PhD was aimed at studying the modulation of voltage-gated calcium channels in primary neuronal cultures and brain slices by a GPCR involved in energy homeostasis and memory. At this stage I am willing to use my expertise in electrophysiology and subcellular neuroscience to explore the plasticity of inhibitory afferents into the VTA and its relation with stress-induced relapse.I also believe that science is a powerful tool to explore and change the world, and hence I am highly interested in the ideas behind science policies as well as in understanding how science shapes the reality we live in, and the responsibility we have as scientists.