» Dr. Lidia Szczupak

Research areas:
Study of neural networks.

The picture shows an image of a leech, Hirudo medicinalis and the diagrams depictstheir body structure, with a sucker at the anterior end (left) and another in the rear end(right). In the center stands the chain of nodes that form the nervous system of thisanimal.

Sanguijuela Hirudo medicinalis

Selected publications (last 5 years)

1. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors induce spontaneous interneuronal activity in th eleech nervous system.
María Ana Calviño, Irene Iscla y Lidia Szczupak (2005)
J Neurophysiol 93:2644-55
2. In situ characterization of a rectifying electrical junction.
Lorena Rela y Lidia Szczupak (2007)
J. Neurophysiol 97:1405-1412.
3. Spatial-specific action of serotonin within the leech midbody ganglion.
María Ana Calviño y Lidia Szczupak (2008)
J. Comp. Physiol. 194:523-531.
4. Calcium spikes in a leech nonspiking neuron.
Lorena Rela, Sung Min Yang y Lidia Szczupak (2009)
J. Comp. Physiol. 195:139-150.
5. Premotor nonspiking neurons regulate coupling among motoneurons that innervated overlapping muscle fiber population.
Mariano Rodriguez, Carlos B. Etchegoyen y Lidia Szczupak (2009)
J. Comp. Physiol. 95:491-500.

Financial Support

  • 2004-2007 : Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award, National HealthInstitutes. U.S.
  • 2004-2007 : UBACYT- UBA (X-177).
  • 2005-2006 : PIP-CONICET (PIP 5205)
  • 2006-2009 : Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica. Argentina.(National Agency for the Advance in Science and Technology)
  • 2008-2010 : UBACYT- UBA (X-216).

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Group members


Dra. Lidia Szczupak

Dra. Lidia Szczupak
Profesora Adjunta UBA
Inv. Independiente (CONICET)

Master of Science.

Departament of Neurobiology,
Weizmann Institute.
Rehovot, Israel. 
Orientación: Neurociencias.


Facultad de
Ciencias Exactas y Naturales,
Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Orientación: Neurociencias.


Investigaciones publicadas
en PubMed

Investigadores Asistentes

Violeta Medan

Violeta Medan