Sonia Villapol, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Scientist
Sonia Villapol, PhD, graduated from the University of Santiago of Compostela, Spain in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and biotechnology. She received her master´s degree and PhD in neuroscience from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain in 2007. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at CNRS in the University Pierre and Marie Curie VI and at INSERM in Paris, France (2007-2010) and at the National Institutes of Health and Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at Uniformed Services University (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland (2010-2014). Following her postdoctoral research work, Villapol joined the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University in Washington, DC as a Research Assistant Professor in May 2014. In July 2018, she started as an assistant professor at the Center for Neuroregeneration at Houston Methodist.
Villapol has received extramural research funding as a principal investigator from NIH, and she serves as an associate editor for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology (Springer Journal) and review editor for Frontiers in Neurotrauma. She has published more than 40 articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. Her research interests have mainly focused on elucidating the mechanisms of neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation or neurogenesis via several models of brain injury (traumatic brain injury or cerebral ischemia) and how inflammatory mediators connect the brain with the periphery. The Villapol Lab mission is the pursuit of novel neurorestorative treatments for debilitating brain injuries to open the door to alternative therapies that repair and recover the damaged brain through the periphery.