Irene received her Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Almeria (UAL), Spain, in 2006. After that, she worked as a research assistant for the Neuroscience Department (UAL) where she had the opportunity to gain experience in neuropsychological assessments of clinical adult patients (rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, epileptic and cardiac patients), children and elderly people. During this time she developed her interest for the human brain.
In 2009, she obtained a three-year researching scholarship. Nowadays, she is completing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience under the guidance of Associate Professors Juan García and Lola Roldán-Tapia. Irene is investigating cognitive reserve, its measurement and its contribution to the delay of cognitive impairment in both clinical and healthy people. This interesting field drove her to spend two research visits with the Regenerative Neuroscience Group. Under the supervision of Associate Professor Michael Valenzuela she assisted with the study and analysis of the Lifetime of Experiences Questionnaire based on the two waves of the Memory and Ageing Study. The link to the RNG continues! She describes her experience in Sydney as a great enrichment, both professionally and personally.
Listening to music, travelling, learning how to play chess and gazing at artistic creations are some of her favorite pastimes.