Vice-Rector for Student Affairs
Julio Contreras Rodríguez has been a professor in the Department of Comparative Anatomy and Pathological Anatomy in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine since 2004, where he has combined teaching, research and administration.
Professor Contreras has taught anatomy and embryology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and also organises and participates in numerous master's, professional courses, summer courses, seminars and conference. His interests focus on the popularisation of science and he actively participates in events such as science weeks and fairs, summer science summer camps, etc.
With over 18 years of research experience, Contreras' research interests focus on the field of neuroscience, specifically in neurobiology of hearing (since 2000, he has served as a collaborative researcher at the Institute of Biomedical Research “Alberto Sols” CSIC-UAM and as a member of CIBERer ISCiii) and in the field of molecular and cell biology, including the studies of birds' and mammals' inner ear, and the prevention of hearing loss and therapies in animal models. Co-author of numerous papers, he has also participated in several national and international projects, as well as various training courses for researchers. He has gained recognition for three research terms, most recently in 2013.
In the field of administration, he served as advisor of the Vice-Rector for Students directing the Student House from July 2008 to May 2011. In addition, Contreras has been serving on university governing bodies, such as the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Board (since 2002), the Senate (since 2002) and the Complutense Academic Council (since 2006).