Abel Torres-Espin, PhD



Positions Held / Education

2014-Present: PostDoctoral Fellow, Dpt. of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Rehab. Medicine, Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Advisor: Dr. Karim Fouad 

2013-2014: PostDoctoral Fellow, Dpt. of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Advisor: Dr. Xavier Navarro

2008-2013: PhD in Neuroscience, Dpt. of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Thesis: “Cell therapy for spinal cord injury treatment. Transplantation of mesenchymal stromal cells or olfactory ensheathing cells as a treatment for spinal cord injury”, Advisor: Dr. Xavier Navarro

2008-2009: MS in Neuroscience, Dpt. of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Advisor: Dr. Xavier Navarro Acebes

2006-2008: Undergraduate Student, lab training, Dpt. of Physiology, Univ. Barcelona, Advisor: Dr Carme Pelegrí

2004-2007: Undergraduate Student, lab training, Dpt. of Cell Biology and Histology, Univ. Barcelona, Advisor: Dr. Carme Auladell Dpt. of Genetics, Univ. Barcelona, Advisor: Dr. Rafael Romero

2002-2007: BSc in Biology, speciality in Agrifood and Biotechnology, Universitat de Barcelona (UB)  


Torres-Espín A, Redondo-Castro E, Hernández J, Navarro X Immunosuppression of allogenic mesenchymal stem cells transplantation after spinal cord injury improves graft survival and functional outcomes. J Neurotrauma [Epub ahead of print].

Torres-Espín A, Santos D, González-Pérez F, del Valle J, Navarro X (2014) Neurite-J: An Image-J plug-in for axonal analisys in organotypic cultures. J Neurosci Meth 236:26–39.

Torres-Espín A, Redondo-Castro E, Hernández J, Navarro X (2014) Bone marrow Mesenchymal Stromal Cells and Olfactory Ensheathing Cells transplantation after spinal cord injury: a morphological and functional comparison in rats. European Journal of Neuroscience. Mar 18. doi: 10.1111/ejn.12542.

Torres-Espín A, Hernández J, Navarro X (2013) Gene expression changes in the injured spinal cord following transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells or olfactory ensheathing cells. Plos One. 8(10):e76141.

Torres-Espín A, Quintanilla DL, Forés J, Allodi I, González F (2013) Neuroprotection and axonal regeneration after lumbar ventral root avulsion by reimplantation and mesenchymal stem cells transplant combined therapy . Neurotherapeutics. 10: 354–365.

Redondo-Castro E, Torres-Espín A, García-Alías G, Navarro X (2013) Quantitative assessment of locomotion and interlimb coordination in rats after different spinal cord injuries. J Neurosci Meth 213:165–178.

Redondo-Castro E, Romero R, Torres-Espín A, Utrera J, Duque D, Junyent F, Auladell C. (2013). Dithiocarb (N,N-diethyldithiocarbamate, DEDTC) decreases levels of biogenic monoamines in the adult mouse brain. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol [Epub ahead of print]

Hernández J, Torres-Espín A, Navarro X (2011) Adult stem cell transplants for spinal cord injury repair: current state in preclinical research. Cur Stem Cell Res Ther 6:273–287.

García-Alías G, Torres-Espín A, Vallejo C, Navarro X (2010) Functional involvement of the lumbar spinal cord after contusion to T8 spinal segment of the rat. Restor Neurol Neurosci 28:781–792.


Torres-Espín A, Santos D, González-Pérez F, del Valle J, Navarro X. NEURITE-J: an image-j plugin for axonal growth analisys in organotypic cultures. SENC  (Spanish Society of Neuroscience) Oviedo, October 2013 and FENS Milan, July 2014

Abel Torres-Espin, Joaquim Hernández, Xavier Navarro, Verónica García, Soraya Tabara, Ana Sánchez. "Terapia celular e inmunosupresión en lesiones de médula espinal" TerCel (Spanish network of cell therapy) Múrcia, November 2013

Abel Torres-Espín, Joaquim Hernández, Elena Redondo-Castro, Xavier Navarro. "Neuroprotección mediada por terapia celular en lesiones de médula espinal: potencialesmecanismos de acción". TerCel (Spanish network of cell therapy) Málaga, November 2012 

Torres-Espín A, Corona-Quintanilla D, Forés J, Navarro X. Neuroprotective effect of stem cell grafting and surgical reimplantation after spinal root avulsion. FENS Barcelona, July 2012

Abel Torres, Joaquin Hernández, Dora L Quintanilla, Xavier Navarro. "Neuroprotecciónmediada por el trasplante de células mesenquimales" TerCel (Spanish network of cell therapy) Salamanca, November 2011

Abel Torres-Espín, Ilary Allodi, Elena Redondo-Castro, Xavier Navarro. "Terapia celular enlesiones de médula espinal: estudio in vivo e in vitro". TerCel (Spanish network of cell therapy) Madrid, November 2010

Torres-Espín A, Verdú E, Sanz A, Navarro X, Casas C. "Recuperación funcional y reducción de la cicatriz glial en lesión de médula espinal después del trasplante de CME en ratas". SENC  (Spanish Society of Neuroscience) Tarragona, September 2009

Honors and Awards

Undergraduate Student Fellowship for lab training, 2007

Ministerial project BFU2006-11981/BFI. Spain 

Fellowship for training and research support, 2008

Institute of Neuroscience, University Autonomous of Barcelona, Spain.