Neurochemistry of Memory Lab

Welcome to the Laboratory of Neurochemistry of the Memory


The work that we do is designed to provide knowledge about the mechanisms of chemical communication between the structures which interact during the formation of aversive memories, as well as those which do not have an evident emotional component, by simultaneously integrating different levels of study.


Dra. María Isabel Miranda Saucedo

PhD Principal Investigator

Behavioral and Cognitive Neurobiology Department.


 I completed my Master’s and PhD in the department of Neuroscience at the Cellular Physiology Institute of the National University of Mexico, where I focused on the study of cortical cholinergic system function during memory formation, and followed that with a post-doctoral fellowship at UCI Irvine at the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine, in Dr. James McGaugh´s laboratory. In 2004 I joined the Neurobiology Institute at UNAM as a Principal Investigator, where I´m currently working on several projects related to neurochemical and anatomical interactions during learning and memory.

In the Neurochemistry of Memory Lab

we investigate:

  • Interactions of cholinergic, histaminergic and GABAergic systems during taste recognition memory formation.
  • The role of the nucleus accumbens and prefrontal cortex as areas of regulation between taste preference and aversion.
  • The function of the dopaminergic and noradrenergic systems during taste and smell integration in flavor memory formation.
  • Cortical regulation during memory changes associated with appetitive or aversive contexts.
  • The neurobiological substrates of compulsive consumption; long-term changes induced by ingestion of high caloric food.




Instituto de Neurobiología

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México,

Campus Juriquilla, Qro. Querétaro. México.

Tel: (55)56 23 4039; (442)238 1039.

Fax: (55)56 23 4046; (442)238 1046