Dr. José Alonso Fernández-Guasti

Sabbatical: The Netherlands Institute for Brain Research. Amsterdam, 1997-1998.

Post-doctoral research fellow: Physiology, Gothemburg University.

PhD: Physiology, Cinvestav. México 1986.

M. Sc.: Physiology, Institute of Biomedical Research. UNAM. Mexico, 1982.

B.Sc.: Biology, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. 1979.

Current position: Professor 3E at the Pharmacobiology Department. Center for Research and Advanced Studies. Mexico, D.F.

Member of the National System of Researchers (SNI): Level III

Lines of Research:
  • Behavioral Pharmacology
  • Interaction between Hormones and psychoactive drugs
  • Gender and age differences in psychoactive drugs actions
  • Anxiolytics and antidepressants
  • Steroid receptors in the Central Nervous System
  • Male and Female Sexual Behavior
  • Animal models of sexual differentiation
Academic Production:
National and international scientific meetings
Papers in refereed journals
Local journals
Chapters Book
Direction of students 
M. Sc
Ph. D.
Physician students from the Amsterdam University
Stage from the IBRO-LARC
Stage from the "Scientific Research Summer"
Current Students: Ph.D. 4; M.Sc. 4.
Recent publications :
* Olvera-Hernández S, Chavira R, Fernández-Guasti A. Sex- and endocrine-stage-differences in middle-aged rats in an animal model of OCD. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. Feb 7. doi:pii: S0278-5846(13)00034-1. 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2013.01.021. [Epub], 2013.
* Vega-Rivera NM, Fernández-Guasti A, Ramírez-Rodríguez G, Estrada-Camarena E. Acute stress further decreases the effect of ovariectomy on immobility behavior and hippocampal cell survival in rats. Psychoneuroendocrinology. Jan 16. doi:pii: S0306-4530(12)00421-0. 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.12.008, [Epub] 2013.
* Fernández-Guasti A, J.L. Fiedler,  L. Herrera, R.J. Handa. Sex, stress and mood disorders: at the intersection of gonadal and adrenal hormones. Horm Metab Res, 44: 607–618, 2012. (Revisión).
* Récamier-Carballo S., E. Estrada-Camarena, R. Reyes, A. Fernández-Guasti. Synergistic effect of estradiol and fluoxetine in young adult and middle-aged female rats in two models of experimental depression. Behav Brain Res, 233:351-358, 2012.
* Herrera-Pérez J.J., L. Martínez-Mota, R. Chavira, A. Fernández-Guasti. Testosterone prevents but not reverses anhedonia in middle-aged males and lacks an effect on stress vulnerability in young adults. Horm Behav. 61(4):623-630, 2012.
Invited reviewer in some journals:
  • ISRN Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
  • Psichoneuroendocrinology
  • Hormones and Behavior
  • Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Behavioural Pharmacology
  • Physiology and Behavior
  • Journal of Sexual Medicine
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Behavioral Brain Research
  • Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy
  • Brain Research
Awards and Honors
  • Award of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in the Natural Sciences area, 1997.
  • Member of the committee for evaluation of the National System of Researchers (SNI) in the Physician and Health area. 2003-2005.
  • Member of the committee of the Latin-American Affairs for the “International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)” 2004 to date.
  • Member of the editorial committee for the local journal from the Mexican Academy of Sciences “Ciencia”, 2009 – 2011.
  • President of the Research Academy of Reproductive Biology. 2009-2011.
  • Award: “Top Reviewer in 2009” from the journal Hormones and Behavior.
  • Member of the editorial committee of ISRN Pharmacology.



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E-mail: jfernand@cinvestav.mx