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. 3; M.Sc. 1.
Recent publications :

* Hernández A., Fernández-Guasti A. Male rats with same-sex preference show higher immobility in the forced swim test, but similar effects of fluoxetine and desipramine than males that prefer females. Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav.  171:39-45, 2018.   doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbb.2018.05.017  (Producto de tesis de Maestría de Alejandra Hernández González).

* Amezcua-Gutiérrez C, Marisela HG, Fernández Guasti A, Aguilar MAC, Guevara MA. Observing Erotic Videos With Heterosexual Content Induces Different Cerebral Responses in Homosexual and Heterosexual Men. J Homosex. 2018, 10:1-19 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2018.1550331

* Hernandez-Leon A., Fernández-Guasti A., Martínez A., Pellicer F., González-Trujano M.E. Sleep architecture is altered in the reserpine-induced fibromyalgia model in ovariectomized rats. Behav Brain Res. 2019, 364383-392.   doi:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2018.01.005 (Producto de tesis de Doctorado de Alberto Hernández León) 

* Olvera-Hernández S, Hernández A, Reyes R, Fernández-Guasti A. Establishment of partner preference in male rats: Effect of prenatal letrozole and sexual experience. Horm Behav. 2019, 109:56–63.   doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2019.02.009 (Producto de tesis de Doctorado de Sandra Olvera Hernández)

* Hernández-Munive AK, Rebolledo-Solleiro D, Fernández-Guasti A. Does Chronic Hyperglycemia Affect Female Rat Sexual Behavior? Differences in Paced and Non-Paced Mating. J Sex Med. 2019, 16(8):1130-1142. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2019.05.017. Epub 2019 Jul 2 (Producto de tesis de Maestría de Abigail Karina Hernández Munive)

*Alvarez Silva A. Fernández-Guasti A. The combination of mirtazapine plus venlafaxine reduces immobility in the forced swim test and does not inhibit female sexual behavior. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2019 Dec;187:172817. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbb.2019.172817

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 of the Latin-American Affairs for the “International Brain Research Organization (IBRO)” since 2004.
  • Member of the editorial committee for the local journal from the Mexican Academy of Sciences “Ciencia”, since 2009.
  • President of the Research Academy of Reproductive Biology. 2009-2011.
  • Award: “Top Reviewer in 2009” from the journal Hormones and Behavior.
  • Guest Editor in the Special Issue “Sex differences on drugs affecting behavior” of the Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior Journal. January 2017.

  • Designated as “Distinguished Researcher” at the XLII Annual Meeting of the Research Academy in Reproductive Biology. May 2017.

Laboratory 16

Phone +52(55)5483-2870 (Ofic.), +52(55)54832800 Ext. 1202 (Lab.)