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Andres has fully dedicated his research career to neuroscience, specially to study microglial biology, having more than 5 years of research experience in different laboratories in Barcelona, Amsterdam and Sydney. He obtained his Master’s degree in Translational Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine at University of Barcelona (Spain), where he studied the role of POMC neurons in energy balance using mice models. In 2016 he joined the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism of the Academisch Medisch Centrum in Amsterdam, studying the role of microglia in obesity and diabetes.

In 2018 he moved to Sydney to pursue his PhD at Macquarie University joining Dr. Marco Morsch's group, studying the role of microglia-neuron interactions in neurodegeneration. He is currently establishing novel methods for the study of microglia in zebrafish, using techniques such as in vivo confocal imaging, 3D rendering and electron microscopy.

In 2019, Andres received the award for the best poster presentation at the Macquarie Neurodegeneration Meeting. Later that year, he was awarded the Magnified-Justin Yerbury Travel Scholarship to attend the 30th International Symposium on ALS/MND.



Education/Academic qualification

Translational Medicine, Master of Science, Universitat de Barcelona

Biological Sciences - Biomedicine, BSc (Hons), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

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  • 69 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 3 Article

Deficiency of leptin receptor in myeloid cells disrupts hypothalamic metabolic circuits and causes body weight increase

Gao, Y., Vidal-Itriago, A., Milanova, I., Korpel, N. L., Kalsbeek, M. J., Tom, R. Z., Kalsbeek, A., Hofmann, S. M. & Yi, C. X., 1 Jan 2018, In : Molecular Metabolism. 7, p. 155-160 6 p.

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  • 14 Citations (Scopus)
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    Mitochondrial dynamics mediated by Mitofusin 1 is required for POMC neuron glucose-sensing and insulin release control

    Ramírez, S., Gómez-Valadés, A. G., Schneeberger, M., Varela, L., Haddad-Tóvolli, R., Altirriba, J., Noguera, E., Drougard, A., Flores-Martínez, Á., Imbernón, M., Chivite, I., Pozo, M., Vidal-Itriago, A., Garcia, A., Cervantes, S., Gasa, R., Nogueiras, R., Gama-Pérez, P., Garcia-Roves, P. M., Cano, D. A. & 6 others, Knauf, C., Servitja, J. M., Horvath, T. L., Gomis, R., Zorzano, A. & Claret, M., 6 Jun 2017, In : Cell Metabolism. 25, 6, p. 1390-1399.e6 16 p.

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  • 35 Citations (Scopus)

    Lipoprotein lipase maintains microglial innate immunity in obesity

    Gao, Y., Vidal-Itriago, A., Kalsbeek, M. J., Layritz, C., García-Cáceres, C., Tom, R. Z., Eichmann, T. O., Vaz, F. M., Houtkooper, R. H., van der Wel, N., Verhoeven, A. J., Yan, J., Kalsbeek, A., Eckel, R. H., Hofmann, S. M. & Yi, C. X., 26 Sep 2017, In : Cell Reports. 20, 13, p. 3034-3042 9 p.

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  • 20 Citations (Scopus)