Universidad CEU San Pablo
Esther Gramage obtained her PhD in Pharmacology at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University CEU San Pablo (Madrid, Spain) in January 2013. The results obtained in her doctoral thesis significantly contributed to identify Pleiotrophin (PTN) and Midkine (MK) as new genetic determinants with importance in the individual vulnerability to the rewarding and neurotoxic effects of different drugs of abuse, such as cocaine and amphetamine. In 2013, she joined Dr. Peter Hitchcock’s laboratory at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, USA) as Research Investigator, to continue her studies on the role of MK in the nervous system. This work has led to propose MK as one of the factors involved in the stem cell-based regeneration that spontaneously occurs in the zebrafish retina after damage. In September 2014, she returned to the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University CEU San Pablo as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Esther Gramage received the Award from the Royal National Academy of Pharmacy of Spain to the best research work in opioids and pain transmission (2011), and the Special Doctorate Award by University San Pablo CEU (2013).