Molecular Cognition Laboratory

Group leader
Shira Knafo

Biofisika Institute (CSIC-UPV/EHU)
Science Park of the UPV/EHU
Barrio Sarriena s/n. 48940 Leioa, Bizkaia (Spain)

Research goal

We are interested in the molecular and cellular basis of diverse cognitive conditions. Specifically, our goal is to identify molecular and synaptic mechanisms underlying learning and memory processes, cognitive malfunction and cognitive enhancement. The elucidation of these mechanisms facilitates the nomination of new therapeutic targets to a variety of cognitive disorders. Our experience in different scientific disciplines (medicine, animal behaviour, electrophysiology, molecular biology, morphology) allows us to use a multidisciplinary approach that is necessary in the modern neuroscience research.

Group members
PhD Student
Ikerbasque Research Professor
Postdoctoral Fellow

Barco A, Knafo S.

Editorial on the Special Issue: Molecules and Cognition. Neuroscience 2018; 370: 1-3.

Hertlein V, Flores-Romero H, Das KK, Fischer S, Heunemann M, Calleja-Felipe M, et al.

MERLIN: a novel BRET-based proximity biosensor for studying mitochondria–ER contact sites. Life Science Alliance 2020; 3(1).

Ildefonso M, Bringas C, Malaina I, Fedetz M, Carrasco-Pujante J, Morales M, et al.

Evidence of conditioned behavior in amoebae. Nature communications 2019; 10(1): 1-12.