Raquel Santos

Raquel Santos

Research Associate

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Maudland Building, MB104

+44 (0) 1772 89 3918

Subject Areas: Biosciences, Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Raquel Santos is a psychologist. Her main interest is in drug abuse, particularly interested in their pharmacology and behaviour effects. Previously she has tested some legal highs and her goal is to explore in depth this field. She has also published in the comorbidity field where she has interested in schizophrenia and cocaine abuse. Her PhD was on the mTOR pathway role in the drug self-administration animal model of addiction under limited and extend access to cocaine.

Raquel is a member of the Spanish Society for Neuroscience (SENC) and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).


Full Profile

Raquel Santos obtained her Bachelor Degree in Psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid in 2011, and her Master Degree at the National University for Distance Learning (UNED) in 2012. She undertook a PhD with Emilio Ambrosio in Madrid. Her PhD dissertation at the Department of Psychobiology at UNED university was on the mTOR pathway role in the drug self-administration animal model of addiction under limited and extend access to cocaine, and in an animal model of co-morbidity among schizophrenia and cocaine addiction. She was psychology lecturer and research assistant at the UNED. She also has participated in national and European projects. She is an expert in many behavioural, pharmacological and neurobiological techniques.


  • Ph.D. Psychobiology, National University for Distance Learning (UNED), Madrid, Spain.
  • M.Sc. Neuroscience, National University for Distance Learning (UNED), Madrid, Spain. 2012
  • B.Sc. Psychology, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. 2011


Santos-Toscano, R., Borcel, E., Ucha, M., Orihuel, J., Capellán, R., Roura-Martínez, D., Ambrosio, E. and Higuera-Matas, A. Unaltered cocaine self-administration in the prenatal LPS rat model of schizophrenia. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, nº 69. 2016

DOI: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2016.04.008

Simon, M., Higuera-Matas, A., Roura-Martinez, D., Ucha-Tortuero, M., Santos-Toscano, R., Ambrosio, E., Puerto, A. (2014) Changes in D1 but not D2 dopamine or mu-opioid receptor expression in limbic and motor structures after lateral hypothalamus electrical self-stimulation: a quantitative autoradiographic study. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, nº 127.2015.

 DOI: 10.1016/j.nlm.2015.11.007


Research activities

Funded by EU (2014-16) on a project related to legal highs:


  • Neuropharmacology of legal highs. (novel psychoactive substances)
  • Mechanisms psychostimulant dependence.
  • Comorbidity between schizophrenia and cocaine addiction in animal models


  • Annual meeting Eu-Madness, 2016
  • Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC), 2015
  • IV Internacional congress of dual pathology, 2015
  • Farmadrid, 2015