Dr. Maria Sancho Gonzalez (Ph.D.) is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada), under the mentorship of Donald G Welsh. She completed her Ph.D. in 2013 at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), where her research was focused on Interstitial Cells of Cajal and how their unique properties control the contractile state of smooth muscle in the urethra. Her current research interests at the Welsh lab focuses on the study of the role of inward rectifying (KIR) K channels in governing electrical communication and the spread of the electrical/vasomotor responses in the cerebral vasculature, which is essential to control global cerebral blow flow. For that purpose, she uses a wide range of methodologies including electrophysiology, pressure myography, and real-time PCR, and collaborates with computational colleagues to build better electrical models of arteries. Her scientific work has been recognized by numerous peer-reviewed international journals and various presentations in national and international conferences.
Dr. Maria Sancho Gonzalez's research interests are Cerebral Circulation; Vascular Control; Intercellular Communication; Gap Junctions; Smooth Muscle; Vascular Endothelium; Ion Channels.