Researcher Anastasia Herrero started in 2011 as an undergrad student working at the Chronobiology lab (Universidad de Quilmes, Argentina), under the supervision of Dr. Diego Golombek. She was involved in a project studying the circadian clock of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, which published as first original scientific work.
Two years after, in 2013, she acquired a degree in Biotechnology (Licenciada en Biotecnología, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina) (5 years degree), and started a Ph.D. project at the Behavioral Genetics lab (Fundación Instituto Leloir, Buenos Aires, Argentina), under the supervision of Dr. María Fernanda Ceriani, a leading researcher in Drosophila melanogaster circadian clock, and funded by the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET, Argentina).
During the predoctoral research project, the main goal was to study the synaptic plasticity of the central clock neurons in Drosophila adult brain, the so called "circadian structural plasticity", and the mechanisms underlying this process, so she became very qualified using techniques such as immunohistochemestry, quantitative PCRs, confocal microscopy, behavioral assays, among others. This predoctoral instance gave rise to two different publications.
In March of 2018, she obtained the title of doctor with the thesis "Mechanisms responsible for circadian neuronal remodeling in Drosophila melanogaster", to continue for one and a half year of postdoctoral research at the same lab, also funded by CONICET, studying transcriptional changes involved in the signaling pathway of a neuropeptide expressed in the central clock of Drosophila brain.
After working on this first postdoctoral project, an article was published in Current Biology journal. From January 2020, she is currently in a postdoctoral fellow part of a collaboration between the Cell Division Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Cayetano Gonzalez, at the Institute for research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), and the Sarcomas and Histiocytosis group, from the Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu (Barcelona), under the supervision of Dr. Jaume Mora.
- Duhart JM, Herrero A, de la Cruz G, Ispizua JI, Pírez N and Ceriani MF Circadian Structural Plasticity Drives Remodeling of E Cell Output. CURRENT BIOLOGY . 30(24): .
- Herrero A, Yoshii T, Ispizua JI, Colque C, Veenstra JA, Muraro NI and Ceriani MF Coupling Neuropeptide Levels to Structural Plasticity in Drosophila Clock Neurons. CURRENT BIOLOGY . 30(16): .
- Herrero A, Duhart JM and Ceriani MF Neuronal and Glial Clocks Underlying Structural Remodeling of Pacemaker Neurons in Drosophila. FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY . 8: 918-918.