Dr. Dierssen is a Spanish neurobiologist, university professor and science communicator. She graduated from medical school in the Universidad de Cantabria, where she also carried out her PhD studies on neuropharmacology. Nowadays she is a world expert in the field of mental retardation and pharmacology and she is considered one of the most world outstanding researchers in Down syndrome. During her career, she worked at the Institute of Oncology Research-IRO in Hospitalet de Llobregat, where she started her own research group. Since 2007 she holds a Senior Scientist position at the Centre for Biomedical Research on Rare Diseases-CIBERER.
Her main research goal is to understand the role of putative candidate genes for human complex genetic diseases on brain cognitive systems, mainly using genetically modified mouse models. She is past president of the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society and the Spanish Society of Neuroscience. Dr. Dierssen has received several recognitions for her work including the Ramón Trias Fargas, the Jaime Blanco or Sisley-Lejeune awards. She currently carries out his scientific work at the Gene Regulation Center – CRG in Barcelona and is a member of the Federation of European Neuroscience Association – FENS.