Jimena Benzal

PhD Student

Jimena was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (1999). She completed her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and studied her final year at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) as part of the Erasmus+ mobility programme. She developed a strong interest in neuroscience when she joined the Experimental Neurology Lab at Centro de Tecnología Biomédica (CTB-UPM) to carry out her bachelor’s thesis. During her project, she performed in vivo electrophysiological recordings to study the plasticity changes that spontaneously occur in motor areas after ischemic stroke. Jimena also explored the use of transcranial ultrasound stimulation as a neuromodulation approach to improve the recovery of this neurological disabling condition. In the summer of 2022, she carried out an internship at the Neurophysiology Service in Hospital Universitario La Paz, where her role was to support the development of a MatLab diagnostic tool for peripheral neuropathies. Driven by her passion for biomedical research, Jimena moved to the UK in October 2022 to study the Master of Research in Neurotechnology at Imperial College London. Her Master’s Thesis was part of a collaboration between the Nanomedicine Lab and Alavian Lab, where she studied mitochondrial metabolic efficiency in synaptic transmission. In November 2023, Jimena joined the Brain Metastasis Group at CNIO to pursue her PhD, exploring the crosstalk between brain metastases and neural circuits and its impact on the neurocognitive deficits often developed by the patients suffering from this condition.