Departamental II – DII. 203
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán, s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 85 19
Fax:        +34 91 664 7490
E-mail: sara.arganda at

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Short CV

1998-2003 – Degree in Biology with a major in Molecular  Biology, Universidad Autónoma de  Madrid.
2003-2009 – PhD in Neuroscience, Universidad Autónoma de  Madrid.
2009-2011 – Postdoctoral researcher, Universidad Autónoma de  Madrid and Cajal Institute-CSIC.
2012-2014 – Postdoctoral researcher, Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale-CNRS.
2014-2018 – Postdoctoral researcher, Boston University (USA) and Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale-CNRS, Toulouse (France).

Research lines

My main research consists in studying the neurobiology and behavior of individuals living in highly organized animal societies, such those of ants. To this end, and under an ecological and evolutionary approach, I integrate neuroanatomical, neurophysiological and computational tools with behavioral experiments.


Kamhi, J. F.; Arganda. S.; Moreau, C. S.; Traniello, J. F. A. (2017). Origins of aminergic regulation of behavior in complex insect social systems. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 11: 74.

Arganda, S.; Bouchebti, S.; Bazazi, S.; LeHesran, S.; Puga, C.; Latil, G.; Simpson, S.; Dussutour, A. (2017). Parsing the life-shortening effects of dietary protein in ants: effects of individual amino acids. Procedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20162052.

Bazazi, S.; Arganda, S.; Moreau, M.; Jeanson, R.; Dussutour, A. (2016).  Responses to nutritional challenges in ant colonies. Animal Behavior 11: 235-249.

Pérez-Escudero, A.; Vicente-Page, J.; Hinz, R. C.; Arganda, S.; Polavieja, G. G. (2014).  idTracker: Tracking individuals in a group by automatic identification of unmarked animals. Nature Methods 11: 743-748.

Arganda, S.; Nicolis, S. C.; Perochain, A.; Pechabadens, C.; Latil, G.; Dussutour, A. (2014). Collective choice in ants: the role of protein and carbohydrates ratios. Journal of Insect Physiology 69: 19-26.

Arganda, S.; Pérez-Escudero, A.; Polavieja, G. G. (2012). A common rule for decision-making in animal collectives across species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109: 20508-20513.

Urazaev, A. K.; Arganda, S.; Muller, K. J.; Sahley, C. L. (2007). Lasting changes in a network of interneurons after synapse regeneration and delayed recovery of sensitization. Neuroscience 50: 915-925.

Arganda, S.; Guantes, R.; Polavieja, G. G. (2007). Sodium pumps adapt spike bursting to stimulus statistics. Nature Neuroscience 10: 1467-73.