College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences
Dr. Alvina is a neurobiologist who is interested in understanding how brain cells, or neurons, communicate with each other in order to orchestrate the different functions of the central nervous system. In particular, she is studying neuronal mechanisms underlying learning and memory formation, both in normal conditions and in response to detrimental environmental factors known to critically affect brain function. Her studies are conducted using rodents and combining in vitro electrophysiology with a variety of animal behavior tasks. Dr. Alvina received her PhD in Biological Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Before joining TTU she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University, and later in the Department of Neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York).