Name: Masana Nadal, Mercè Gender: Female
Birth Data : 25/08/1981
NIF: 47100541Z
ORCID: 0000-0003-1392-4774
Adress: University of Barcelona
Dept Biomedical Sciences-Faculty of Medicine Casanova, 143 / 08035 Barcelona
Telefon number: +34934035287


  • 2011: PhD in Neuroscience by Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Spain. PhD research was done in the Department of Neurochemistry and Neuropharmacology of the “Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas de Barcelona” (IIBB- CSIC-IDIBAPS-CIBERSAM), under direction of Dr. Artigas and Dr. Bortolozzi.
  • 2006: Degree in Biochemistry, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain.
  • 2004: Degree in Chemistry, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain.


  • March 2018-: Assistant Professor at the University of Barcelona, Dept Biomedical Sciences (Barcelona, Spain)
  • 2016-2018: Asociate Professor at the University of Barcelona, Dept Biomedical Sciences (Barcelona, Spain)
  • 2015-2018: Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona – IDIBAPS, Dept Biomedical Sciences (Barcelona, Spain) in the group headed by Prof. Jordi Alberch.
  • 2014-2015: Scientist position at the Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy & FTN (Mainz, Germany) in the group headed by Prof. Dr. Marianne Müller.
  • 2012-2014: Postdoctoral position at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychiatry (Munich, Germany) in the Molecular Stress physiology group led by Dr. Marianne Müller.
  • 2008: Stage in the Center of Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, US under the direction of Joseph F. Cheer.
  • 2006-2011: PhD in Neuroscience in the Neurochemistry and Neuropharmacology Department of the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas de Barcelona (IIBB-CSIC) under the direction of F. Artigas y A. Bortolozzi.


N. Cabezas-Llobet, L. Vidal-Sancho, M. Masana, A. Fournier, J. Alberch, D. Vaudry, X.Xifró (2018). Pituitary adenylate cyclase- activating polypeptide (PACAP) enhances hippocampal synaptic plasticity in Huntington’s disease by up-regulation of PAC1 receptor expression. Molecular Neurobiology doi: 10.1007/s12035-018-0972-5
JG. Orlandi; S Fernández-García; A Comella-Bolla; M Masana; G García-Díaz Barriga; M Yaghoubi; A Kipp; JM. Canals; MA. Colicos; J Davidsen; J Alberch; J Soriano. (2017). NETCAL: An interactive platform for large-scale, NETwork and population dynamics analysis of CALcium imaging recordings (Version 7.0.0 Open Beta). Zenodo.
S. Santarelli, C. A. Zimmermann, G. Kalideris, S. L. Lesuis, J. Arloth, A. Uribe, C. Dournes, G. Balsevich, J. Hartmann, M. Masana,
E. Binder, D. Spengler, M. Schmidt (2017). An adverse early life environment can enhance stress resilience in adulthood.
Psychoneuroendocrinology 78:213-221.
A. Uribe-Mariño, N. C. Gassen, M. F. Wiesbeck, G. Balsevich1, S. Santarelli, B. Solfrank, C. Dournes, G. R. Fries, M. Masana, C.
Labermeier, X-D. Wang, K. Hafner, B. Schmid, T. Rein, A. Chen, J.M. Deussing, M. V. Schmidt (2016). Prefrontal cortex corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor 1 conveys acute stress induced executive dysfunction. Biological psychiatry 80(10):743- 753.
M.A. van der Kooij*, M. Masana*, M. Rust, M.B. Müller (2015). The stressed cytoskeleton: how neuronal actin dynamics can shape stress-related consequences on synaptic plasticity and complex behaviour. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 62:69-75. *Shared first authorship
S. Santarelli, K. V. Wagner, C. Labermaier, A. Uribe, C. Dournes, G. Balsevich, J. Hartmann, M. Masana, F. Holsboer, A. Chen, M. B. Müller, M. V. Schmidt (2015): SLC6A15, a novel stress vulnerability candidate, modulates anxiety and depressive-like behavior: involvement of the glutamatergic system. Stress 19(1):83-90.
M. Masana, M. M. Jukic, A. Kretzschmar, K.V. Wagner, S. Westerholz, M.V. Schmidt, T. Rein, C. Brodski, M.B. Müller (2015). Deciphering the spatio-temporal expression and stress regulation of Fam107B, the paralog of the resilience-promoting protein DRR1 in the mouse brain. Neuroscience 290:147–158.
S. Filser, S.V.Ovsepian, M. Masana, L.Blazquez-Llorca, A.B. Elvang,C. Volbracht, M.B. Müller, CKE. Jung, J.Herms (2015). Pharmacological Inhibition of BACE1 Can Impair Synaptic Plasticity and Cognitive Functions. Biol. psychiatry 77(8):729–739.
M. Masana*, Y-A. Su*, C. Liebl, X-D. Wang, L. Jansen, S. Westerholz, K.V. Wagner, C. Labermaier, S.H. Scharf, S. Santarelli, J. Hartmann, M.V. Schmidt, T. Rein, M.B. Müller (2014). The stress-inducible actin-interacting protein DRR1 shapes social behaviour. Psychoneuroendocrinology 48:98-110. *Shared first authorship and corresponding author.
C. Labermaier*, M. Masana*, M.B. Müller (2013). Biomarkers predicting antidepressant treatment response – how can we advance the field? Disease markers 35(1):23-31.*Shared first autorship.
A. Ferrés-Coy, F. Pilar-Cuellar, R. Vidal, V. Paz, M. Masana, R. Cortés, M.C. Carmona, L. Campa, A. Pazos, A. Montefeltro, E.M. Valdizán, F. Artigas and A. Bortolozzi (2013). RNAi-mediated serotonin transporter suppression rapidly increases serotonergic neurotransmission and hippocampal neurogenesis. Translational Psychiatry 3:e211.


  • FUNDING: I participated in 11 national and 2 international competitive funded projects. I am currently part of the research team of European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant No 713140, the MINECO (SAF2017-88076R), the ISCIII-Subdirección General de Evaluación and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) [RETICS (RD12/0019/0002) and CIBERNED (2013/08-4)].
  • TEACHING: I am currently teaching theoretical and practical lessons in Biomedicine and Bioengineering degrees, and Master of Biomedicine
  • SUPERVISIÓN: I am currently suvervising 2 Master student and 2 PhD students.