• Research

Rebeca Mejias-Estevez

Visiting Scientist

Rebeca M. Mejias-Estevez did her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Seville, Spain.

Then she moved to the USA for her postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University. During this time her studies focused on the molecular mechanisms causing Parkinson´s disease and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Rebeca rejoined the University of Seville as a Lecturer in Physiology in 2015, and she moved to the UK in 2019 to work as the Research Area Lead for Neuroscience at the company Abcam, plc., Cambridge.

Rebeca is currently working at the Department of Molecular Microbiology at the University of East Anglia and she is also a visiting scientist at the Earlham Institute. In this position Rebeca will help to develop a library of mutants for the cyanobacterium Synechocystis.

Publications.

Purkinje cell-specific Grip1/2 knockout mice show increased repetitive self-grooming and enhanced mGluR5 signaling in cerebellum

Mejias R, Chiu SL, Han M, Rose R, Gil-Infante A, Huganir RL, Wang T (2019) Neurobiology of Disease 132:104602

Mice lacking GRIP1/2 show increased social interactions and enhanced phosphorylation at GluA2-S880

Han M, Mejias R, Chiu SL, Rose R, Adamczyk A, Huganir RL, Wang T (2017) Behavioural Brain Research 321:176-184

 

Denervation atrophy is independent from Akt and mTOR activation and responds differently than disuse atrophy to myostatin inhibition

MacDonald EM, Andres-Mateos E, Mejias R, Simmers JL, Ying S, Hoke A, Lee SJ, Cohn RD (2014) Disease Models and Mechanisms 7:471-481

 

Hibernating squirrel muscle activates the endurance exercise pathway despite prolonged immobilization

Xu R, Andres-Mateos E, Mejias R, MacDonald EM, Leinwand LA, Merriman DK, Cohn RD (2013) Experimental Neurology 247:392-401

 

Activation of serum/glucocorticoid‐induced kinase 1 (SGK1) is important to maintain skeletal muscle homeostasis and prevent atrophy

Andres-Mateos E, Brinkmeier H, Burks TN, Mejias R, Steinberger M, Soleimani A, Marx R, Simmers JL, Lin B, Finanger-Hedderick E, Marr TG, Lin BM, Hourdé C, Leinwand LA, Kuhl D, Föller M, Vogelsang S, Hernandez-Diaz I, Vaughan DK, Alvarez de la Rosa D, Lang F, Cohn RD (2013) EMBO Molecular Medicine 5:80-91