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Marisela Hernández González, Ph.D.

e-mail: mariselh@cencar.udg.mx Full Professor-Researcher “C”
Neurophysiology of Reproductive Behavior Laboratory
Neuroscience Institute, CUCBA
University of Guadalajara

Dr. Hernández studied the Biology Program at the Faculty of Biology of the Universidad Veracruzana (University of Veracruz) (1980-1984). In 1984, she joined the Psychophysiology Laboratory of the Center for Psychological Studies at that same university, where she wrote her B.Sc. thesis and earned her degree in 1987. In 1988 she was accepted and received a scholarship to do research at Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social-IMSS (Mexico’s Social Security Institute) which allowed her to undertake Master’s degree studies at the Faculty of Medicine at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM (Mexico City’s National Autonomous University). There, she began to work with a research group led by Dr. Gabriela Moralí de la Brena and had her first experience in studies of the sexual behavior of male rats.

In 1990, she received a scholarship from the General Office for Academic Personnel at the UNAM to complete her M.Sc. thesis and enter the Doctoral program (1990-1995), which she began in 1993 in the area of Physiological Sciences at the Institute for Biomedical Research and, later, at the Neurobiology Center at the UNAM. In 1994, she joined the staff of the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Guadalajara, where she began her career as an independent researcher. Dr. Hernández has held Post-doctoral appointments at the Unidad Periférica of the Institute for Biomedical Research, UNAM, and in the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Tromsø, Norway.

At present, she is a Full Professor-Researcher, responsible for the Neurophysiology of Reproductive Behavior Laboratory at the Instituto de Neurociencias (Neuroscience Institute). As an independent researcher, her line of inquiry focuses on studies of the neural bases of sexual and maternal motivation and performance. Utilizing primarily electroencephalographic techniques, she has carried out many projects with both humans and rats that have been published in prestigious national and international journals. Her productivity is also reflected in the diverse books she has edited, and the many book chapters she has contributed, accumulating along the way an impressive number of citations of her studies in numerous scientific journals.

In addition, Dr. Hernández collaborates in the research of other members of the Institute, including Dr. Miguel Angel Guevara, and of other institutions; for example, the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Autonomous Metropolitan University), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), the Unidad de Investigación del Centro Médico Nacional (Research Unit of the National Medical Center), the IMSS, and the University of Tromsø. Her full-time research is complemented by teaching and supervising students during the elaboration of their B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses.

Since 2002, she has served as the Secretary of the Ethics Committee, and is currently a member of the Academic Board and the Editorial Council of the Instituto de Neurociencias (Neuroscience Institute) at the Universidad de Guadalajara (University of Guadalajara). She also belongs to a consolidated group of academic leaders at the Institute, has fulfilled the profile to qualify for the PROMEP program, and has been a member of Mexico’s National System of Researchers since 1996 (Level III). She is an active member of the Mexican Society of Physiological Sciences, the Academy for Research in Reproduction Biology (where she is a past President), and the Society for Neuroscience.

To date, the principal techniques she has used in her research are electrophysiological and behavioral, but now her interests have broadened to include studies of cerebral functioning during specific cognitive and motivational-emotional processes, such as sexual activation, the effects of alcohol, and the performance of executive tasks in humans.