Isabel Fernandez



  • PhD candidate in Neuroscience

Graduate School of Life Science, Hokkaido University, Japan (2017-ongoing)

  • Master in Marine Aquaculture

Technological Science Park of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain(2014-2016)

Pass with merits (average score of 8.5). Outstanding score(9.2)in the thesis titled: “Histology of common octopus paralarvae (Octopus vulgaris) fed with artemia and microdiet”

  • Degree in Basic Science

University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (2010-2014)

Average score of 7,763. Distinction with honours (9.9) in the thesis titled: “Effect of different rotifers enrichment formula feed on growth and survival of sea bream larvae (Sparus aurata)”


2018 September

Summer School: Brain and Evolution 2018, First Japanese-German Summer School on Comparative Neuroscience and Brain Evolution held in Sapporo (Hokkaido, Japan). Award: Best 5-minutes Datablitz 

2017 July

Course: Prevention of risks at laboratory

Course: English for scientific communication

Course: Body language and oratory skills

All held at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

2017 May

Award: Best poster presentation, University of las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) “One octopus, nine brains?”

2016 October

5-days internshipfor an English immersion course, held by the International University Menéndez Pelayo at Teneriff (Spain)

2016 March

Summer School: “Cephalopod Biology and Care on Anesthesia and Scientific procedures”. Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) of Barcelona (Spain)

2015 November

Active participant in the International Day of Aquaculture held in the Technological Science Park of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

2015 October

Course: “Ecosystem approach to aquaculture advances in sustainable aquaculture procedures”. Technological Science Park of Taliarte, Spain.


3-days internship in the oceanographic ship Ramón Margalef (Spain)

Course: “Microalgae culture (Spirulinaspp.)” at Spanish algae Bank of Las Palmas (Spain) 


2019 March

Conference participation with an oral presentation at the Annual Zoological Meeting held in Sapporo (Hokkaido, Japan)

2018 Jun.

Conference participation at theAnnual Cetology Meeting held in Fukuoka (Japan)with a poster presentation“Morphology and volumetrics of Baird’s beaked whale (Berardius bairdii) brain from magnetic resonance imaging”.


Publication: Lopes, V. M., Sampaio, E., Roumbedakis, K., Tanaka, N. K., Carulla, L., Gambús, G., … & Eberle, J. (2017). Cephalopod biology and care, a COST FA1301 (CephsInAction) training school: anaesthesia and scientific procedures. Invertebrate Neuroscience, 17(3), 8.