Elena Rico Hernando (She/Her)

Laidlaw Scholar, St Andrews

About Elena Rico Hernando

Hi, I'm Ele, a University of St Andrews Scholar. Primarily, my studies are in psychology but I am undertaking research in biochemistry and biophotonics. The aim of my project is to understand the effect of alpha-synuclein aggregates on astrocyte Calcium signaling in neurodegeneration (more precisely Parkinson's disease). This research has not been conducted before and the aim is to understand astrocytic calcium waves with the hopes of finding an aid to therapeutic targets for Parkinson's.

My future research and ambitious lie in clinical and forensic psychology as well as gender psychology. I am also a mental health advocate and I am extremely passionate about raising awareness about mental illness. 

Outside of my academic pursuits I enjoy music (especially drums), writing, any and all forms of art, being with my family and friends. and most of all traveling. I am also a die hard football fan and avid watcher.  I also love most things to do with Spanish and Latin American cultures as I am from Madrid myself.

If you would like to chat about practically anything, I would be very excited if you sent me a message! I would love to connect and understand your project and personal interests!

Have a great day!

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Alum: Undergraduate Leadership & Research Programme


University of St Andrews

Laidlaw Cohort Year


Research Topic

Biochemistry Biological Sciences Neuroscience Psychology

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I speak:

English Mandarin Spanish

My hobbies/interests are:

Football (soccer)

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Medicine & Health STEM Research

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University of St Andrews

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