Ignacio Hernandez-Morato, PhD

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Ignacio Hernandez-Morato, Ph.D., currently serves as Research Assistant at Columbia University Medical Center, where he specializes in basic science research regarding the regeneration in the Peripheral Nervous System following nerve injury.

Dr. Hernandez-Morato studied Biology and obtained his Master of Science degree in Autonomous University of Madrid. He defended his thesis at the School of Medicine of the Complutense University of Madrid about the neuroanatomy of the brainstem related to the motor control of the larynx before and following cranial nerve injury. After Dr. Hernandez-Morato received his Ph.D. he started to work at New York Medical College analysing the expression of different trophic factors involved in non-selective motor innervation during nerve regeneration.

At Columbia University Medical Center the research of Dr. Hernandez-Morato is focused on the role of trophic factors expression in laryngeal muscles in order to enhance the selective reinnervation of the larynx required for the restoration of the voice following nerve injury.

Administrative Titles

  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist


  • Spanish

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, MS, 2008 Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain)

Committees, Societies, Councils

  • Sept 2011: Spanish Anatomical Society. Member of the committee for the Biannual Meeting of the Spanish Anatomical Society placed in Madrid.


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Research (published)

1. Hernandez-Morato I*, Tewari I, Sharma S, Pitman MJ. Blockade of glial-derived neurotrophic factor in laryngeal muscles promotes appropriate reinnervation. Laryngoscope. 2016 (http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/lary.25953)

2. Hernandez-Morato I*, Isseroff TF, Sharma S, Pitman MJ. Differential expression of glial-derived rotrophic factor in rat laryngeal muscles during reinnervation. Laryngoscope. 2014 Dec;124 (12):2750-2756

3. Hernandez-Morato I*, Berdugo-Vega G, Sanudo JR, McHanwell S, Vazquez T, Valderrama-Canales FJ, Pascual-Font A. Somatotopic Changes in the Nucleus Ambiguus After Section and Regeneration of the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve of the Rat. The Anatomical Record 2014, 297 (5): 955-963.

4. Hernandez-Morato I*, Valderrama-Canales FJ, Berdugo G, Arias G, McHanwell S, Sañudo JR, Vazquez T, Pascual-Font A. Reorganization of laryngeal motoneurons after crush injury in the recurrent laryngeal nerve of the rat. Journal of Anatomy 2013, 222 (4): 451-461.

5. Hernandez-Morato, I*, Pascual-Font A, Ramírez C, Matarranz-Echeverría J, McHanwell S, Vazquez T, Sanudo JR, Valderrama-Canales FJ. Somatotopy of the Neurons Innervating the Cricothyroid, Posterior Cricoarytenoid, and Thyroarytenoid Muscles of the Rat's Larynx. The Anatomical record 2013, 296(3): 470-479.

6. Viejo, F, Pascual-Font A, Rivas L, Hernandez-Morato I*, Vazquez T, Rodriguez-Niedenführ M, McHanwell S, Sanudo JR. Morphogenesis of the human laryngeal ventricles. Head & neck 2012, 35(3): 361-369.

7. Maranillo, E, Rodriguez-Niedenführ M, Hernandez-Morato I*, Pascual-Font A, Donat E, McHanwell S, Vazquez T. The clinical interest of the ary-thyro-cricoid fascicle. Clinical anatomy 2011, 24 (6): 706-710.

8. Pascual-Font, A, Hernandez-Morato I*, McHanwell S, Vazquez T, Maranillo E, Sañudo JR, Valderrama-Canales FJ. The central projections of the laryngeal nerves in the rat. Journal of anatomy 2011, 219 (2): 217-228.