Dr. Andrea Cabrera Pastor

Emerging Investigator
Research Group on Neurological Impairment


Bachelor’s degree in Biology and holding a master’s degree in Clinical Analysis, she completed her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universitat de València in 2014. Subsequently, she conducted her postdoctoral training at the Príncipe Felipe Research Center until 2018, when she secured a Sara Borrell contract affiliated with INCLIVA. In 2021, she began a Miguel Servet position at the University Clinical Hospital of Valencia, funded by the Carlos III Health Institute. Her research focuses on the study of the role of extracellular vesicles in neurological impairment and other comorbidities associated with obesity.

She has undertaken postdoctoral stays at the Università di Pavía and the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, Italy. Actively involved in numerous European and national projects, she has built an outstanding track record with over 40 published scientific articles. Additionally, she serves as an evaluator and reviewer for projects and articles in international journals. Recently, she obtained the I3 certification from the Incentive Program for the Incorporation and Intensification of Research Activity of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

As the supervisor of four doctoral theses, as well as five undergraduate and five master’s thesis projects, she has demonstrated her commitment to the academic and scientific training of new researchers. As the principal investigator, she has secured five grants for research projects. These projects define a research line dedicated to the study of extracellular vesicles as potential biomarkers for pathological conditions (such as neurological impairment, liver damage…), predictors of treatment response, and mediators of intercellular and interorgan communication. This approach encompasses the exploration of various aspects, including diagnostic and therapeutic implications, as well as the underlying mechanisms involved.

Dr. Andrea Cabrera Pastor


Extracellular vesicles from mesenchymal stem cells reduce neuroinflammation in hippocampus and restore cognitive function in hyperammonemic rats. Izquierdo-Altarejos P, Cabrera-Pastor A, Martinez-Garcia M, Sanchez-Huertas C, Hernandez A, Moreno-Manzano V, Felipo V. Journal of Neuroinflammation. 2023 Jan 2;20(1):1. doi: 10.1186/s12974-022-02688-4. PMID: 36593485

Hyperammonemia alters the function of AMPA and NMDA receptors in hippocampus: extracellular cGMP reverses some of these alterations. Sancho-Alonso M, Taoro-Gonzalez L, Cabrera-Pastor A, Felipo V, Teruel-Marti V. Neurochemical Research. 2022 Jul;47(7):2016-2031. doi: 10.1007/s11064-022-03588-y. PMID: 35386048

Plasma extracellular vesicles play a role in immune system modulation in minimal hepatic encephalopathy. Gallego J, Fiorillo A, Casanova-Ferrer F, Urios A, Ballester M, Durban L, Megias J, Rubio T, Cabrera-Pastor A, Escudero-Garcia D, Felipo V, Montoliu C. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2022 Oct 15;23(20):12335. doi: 10.3390/ijms232012335. PMID: 36293192

Patients with Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy Show Altered Thermal Sensitivity and Autonomic Function. Rega D, Aiko M, Penaranda N, Urios A, Gallego J, Gimenez-Garzo C, Casanova F, Fiorillo A, Cabrera-Pastor A, San-Miguel T, Ipiens C, Escudero-Garcia D, Tosca J, Monton C, Ballester M, Ballester J, Aparicio L, Rios M, Durban L, Mir A, Kosenko E, Cases P, Felipo V, Montoliu C. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2021 Jan 11;10(2):E239. doi: 10.3390/jcm10020239. PMID: 33440769

Reference: CIGE/2021/083
Title: Estudio de las vesículas extracelulares en plasma de pacientes con obesidad mórbida antes y tras cirugía bariátrica. Subvenciones concedidas a grupos de investigación emergentes
Funding body: Conselleria de Educación
Principal Investigator: Andrea Cabrera Pastor
Duration: 2022 – 2023
Total budget: 20.000 €
Reference: CP20/00009
Title: Role of extracellular vesicles, metabolome and altered intercellular communication in the induction of minimal hepatic encephalopathy: mechanisms, therapeutic and diagnostic implications
Funding body: Instituto de Salud Carlos III – Cofinanciado FEDER
Principal Investigator: Andrea Cabrera Pastor
Duration: 2021 – 2024
Total budget: 40.000 €
Reference: AP-2021-001
Title: LIGAM1: Efecto de la activación de TLR por medio de sus ligandos sobre la polarización de macrófagos hacia M1 y su función citocida frente a las células madre de glioblastoma
Funding body: Universidad de Valencia – INCLIVA
Principal Investigator: Javier Megías Vericat, Andrea Cabrera Pastor
Duration: 2021 – 2022
Total budget: 4.608 €
Reference: GV/2019/049
Title: Papel de los exosomas en el inicio y progresión de la neuroinflamación, alteraciones en la neurotransmisión y deterioro cognitivo y motor en encefalopatía hepática mínima. Posible utilidad como biomarcadores tempranos
Funding body: Conselleria de Educación
Principal Investigator: Andrea Cabrera Pastor
Duration: 2019 – 2020
Total budget: 16.000 €
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Title: Papel de las vesículas extracelulares en el deterioro cognitivo y motor en hiperamonemia y encefalopatía hepática. Mecanismos moleculares e implicaciones terapéuticas
Doctoral candidate: Izquierdo Altarejos, Paula
Director(s): Felipo Orts, Vicente; Cabrera Pastor, Andrea
Date of the defense: 20/05/2022
University: Universitat de València

Title: Mecanismos moleculares por los que la hiperamonemia crónica induce neuroinflamación y alteraciones en la neurotransmisión en cerebelo de ratas hiperamonémicas
Doctoral candidate: Arenas Ortiz, Yaiza María
Director(s): Cabrera Pastor, Andrea; Balzano, Tiziano; Felipo Orts, Vicente
Date of the defense: 12/04/2022
University: Universitat de València