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Dr. Damián Refojo


Medical Doctor at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Buenos Aires. PhD at the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Buenos Aires (2005). Postdoctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich (2006-2008). He obtained the open call for a Junior Group offered by the Max Planck Society (MPS), the Argentine Ministry of Science (MINCyT), the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET) and the Volkswagen Foundation in 2008 to establish this group in Argentina after a period at the MPI of Psychiatry in Munich. From 2009 to September 2014 he was Independent Junior Research Group Leader of the "Molecular Neurobiology" group at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry. Currently, he holds a Max Planck - CONICET Research Group Leader position at the IBioBA, financed by Volkswagen Foundation.

Selected publications

Dedic N, Kühne C, Jakovcevski M, Hartmann J, Genewsky A, Gomes KS, Anderzhanova E, Pöhlmann M, Chang S, Kolarz A, Vogl AM, Metzger MW, Schmid B, Almada RC, Ressler KJ, Wotjak CT, Grinevich V, Chen A, Schmidt MV, Wurst W, Refojo D, Deussing JM.
CRH acts anxiolytic by modulating dopamine release through a subset of GABAergic long-range projection neurons
Nat Neurosci 21:803-807 (2018)

Vogl AM, Brockmann MM, Giusti SA, Maccarrone G, Vercelli CA, Bauder CA, Richter JS, Roselli F, Hafner AS, Dedic N, Wotjak CT, Vogt-Weisenhorn DM, Choquet D, Turck CW, Stein V, Deussing JM, Refojo D
Neddylation inhibition impairs spine development, destabilizes synapses and deteriorates cognition
Nat Neurosci 18:239-51 (2015)

Rybak-Wolf A., Stottmeister C., Glazar P., Jens M., Pino N., Giusti S., Hanan M., Behm M., Bartok O., Ashwal-Fluss R., Herzog M., Schreyer L., Papavasileiou P., Ivanov A., O¨ hman M., Refojo D., Kadener S., Rajewsky N.
Circular RNAs in the Mammalian Brain Are Highly Abundant, Conserved, and Dynamically Expressed
Molecular Cell 58, 1–16 (2015)

Giusti SA, Vogl AM, Brockmann MM, Vercelli CA, Rein ML, Trümbach D, Wurst W, Cazalla D, Stein V, Deussing JM, Refojo D
MicroRNA-9 controls dendritic development by targeting REST
Elife 3 (2014)

Refojo D, Schweizer M, Kuehne C, Ehrenberg S, Thoeringer C, Vogl AM, Dedic N, Schumacher M, von Wolff G, Avrabos C, Touma C, Engblom C, Schütz G, Nave K-A, Eder M, Wotjak CT, Sillaber I, Holsboer F, Wurst W, Deussing JM.
Glutamatergic and Dopaminergic Neurons Mediate Anxiogenic and Anxiolytic Effects of CRHR1
Science 333:1903-1907 (2011)

Refojo D, Holsboer F.
CRH signaling: molecular specificity for drug targeting in the CNS
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1179:106-19 (2009)

Lu A, Steiner MA, Whittle N, Vogl AM, Walser SM, Ableitner M, Refojo D, Ekker M, Rubenstein JL, Stalla GK, Singewald N, Holsboer F, Wotjak C, Wurst W, Deussing JM.
Conditional mouse mutants highlight mechanisms of corticotropin-releasing hormone effects on stress-coping behavior
Mol Psychiatry 13:1028-1042 (2008)

Refojo, D., Echenique, C., Müller, M.B., Reul, J.M.H.M., Deussing, J.M., Wurst, W., Sillaber, I., Páez- Pereda, M., Holsboer, F., Arzt, E.
CRH activates ERK1/2 MAPK in specific brain areas
PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102:6183-6188 (2005)