Yave Roberto Lozano Navarro studied a Master’s degree in Neurobiology from the Institute of Neurobiology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2010 working under the supervision of Dr Gina Quirarte and Dr Roberto Prado Alcala. His research focused on memory modulation in rats administering corticosterone in the dorsomedial striatum, work that was published in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Subsequently he studied a doctorate in Neuroscience at University College London (UCL) under the supervision of Kate Jeffery who was a postdoctoral fellow of John O’Keefe, the 2014 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine. Applying electrophysiological techniques to rodents, his research investigates the neural mechanisms that are involved in the integration of visual information during spatial orientation. The work has been presented at international scientific conferences and is currently in the process of being submitted to an international journal. His master’s and doctorate studies were financed by a scholarship from the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico (CONACYT).
Aside from research, Yave Lozano enjoys public science awareness, developing and acting in an interactive play designed for primary school students to explain the functioning of the visual system using characters taken from the book The Little Prince. He has also contributed an article to the Mexican newspaper La Jornada and the blog NeuroMexico which popularises findings in Neuroscience and was created by students from UCL.