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Jimena López-Arrabé

Lab technician

Research Themes

During the last years, my studies have focused on the ecophysiological relationships in birds in an evolutionary context. In particular, my research has been developed around the role of oxidative stress during reproduction and development, using the pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) as a study model. Currently I am interested in the search of existing relationships between different hormonal, immunological and oxidative stress markers and different patterns of behaviour, coloration, parasites, toxicity and fitness.

Curriculum Vitae


Bachelor´s degree in Biology from the UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) in 2009. During this study I had the opportunity to work intensively in different conservation centers of autochthonous fauna such as GREFA (Group of Rehabilitation of the Autochthonous Fauna and its Habitat) and the Center of Recovery of Wild Animals of Burgos. In 2011 I finished the official Master in Biodiversity from the UAM and then I obtained an FPI grant (Training of Research Staff) thanks to which I could start my PhD studies within the Official Postgraduate Program in Ecology from the UAM, joining the National Museum of Natural Sciences-CSIC in 2012. My thesis, supervised by Prof. Juan Moreno Klemming and Dr. Lorenzo Pérez Rodríguez, was defended in 2017 under the title "Physiological adaptations in the pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca): oxidative stress, reproduction and development ", receiving the highest rate and obtaining the 2016/2017 Extraordinary Doctorate Award in Ecology by the UAM. During the development of the thesis, I had the opportunity to greatly expand my knowledge in laboratory techniques and experimentation through the design and execution of experiments to determine the role of oxidative stress in the evolution of life history traits of birds, animal handling and taking samples for analysis of oxidative stress biomarkers (malondihaldehyde, glutathione, antioxidant capacity, uric acid, triglycerides) by colorimetric techniques with microplate reader and HPLC in the laboratory.