Lorna Garcia Penton, PhD

I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Havana (UH) and my Master’s degree in the Cuban Neuroscience Center (CNC) under the supervision of Prof. Mitchell Valdes-Sosa. I did my PhD at the BCBL (Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language), working with Prof. Manuel Carreiras on the neural bases of bilingualism across the lifespan (including children, young and elderly adults). After that, I undertook a postdoctoral position with Prof. Adrian Nestor at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) to receive further training on machine learning techniques as applied to fMRI data. In 2020, I started as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, UK, working with Mirjana Bozic on the neural bases of combinatorial processing across languages. Currently, I'm a research fellow (Marie Sklodowska-Curie) at the MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit (CBU), University of Cambridge, working with Prof. Matt Lambon Ralph on Controlled Semantic Cognition. Aside from work, I love spending time with my kids and husband, doing yoga and running.


    • PhD. in Linguistics (Cum Laude). 08/05/2017. The University of the Basque Country, Spain.

    • MSc. in Cognitive Neuroscience. 26/03/2007. CNC, Havana, Cuba.

    • BSc. in Psychology. 09/07/2003. Psychology Faculty, UH, Havana, Cuba.

Professional experience

    • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow (2020 – ) MRC CBU, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

    • Research Associate (2020) Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

    • Postdoctoral Fellow (2017 – 2019) Department of Psychology, UTSC, Canada.

    • Predoctoral Researcher (2010 – 2017) BCBL, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

    • Researcher/Academic (2009 - 2010) Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, Diego Portales University, Chile.

    • Researcher (2003 - 2008) Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, CNC, Cuba.