Maria Jimenez-Sanchez

                                MRC Career Development Fellow

                                  Honorary Lecturer at King´s College London




After obtaining my PhD at the Universidad Complutense (Madrid) in 2008, I moved to Cambridge to work as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Prof David Rubinsztein at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research. During my postdoc I studied autophagy and chaperones as mechanisms to prevent protein misfolding, a hallmark of many neurodegenerative diseases, including Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease. While clasically most work has studied these protective mechanisms in neurons, much less is known about the role that glial cells play in this context. In recent years, I have become interested in the study of astrocytes in neurodegeneration.


In 2016, I was awarded a Career Development Award from the Medical Research Council and joined the Basic and Clinical Neuroscience Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in King’s College London.  



-MRC Career Development Fellow at King’s College London (2016-present)

-Honorary Lecturer at King’s College London (2016-present)

-Research associate at the University of Cambridge (2008-2016)

-PhD at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid (2004-2008)

-BSc Pharmacy (1998-2003), BSc Biochemistry (2004-2007)


Other professional activities

Since 2012, I have been actively involved in the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK/CERU) and was President of the society from July 2016 to July 2017. Currently, I am chairing the WoMen Equity and Research Committee of this society.