Oscar Marín

Oscar Marín

Director, Professor of Neuroscience, Group Leader


Oscar Marín was born in Madrid in 1971. He graduated in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain) in 1993, where he also obtained his Doctoral Degree in 1997 (Extraordinary award and European mention). He subsequently joined the University of California in San Francisco as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of John L. R. Rubenstein. In 2003, he took a group leader position at the Instituto de Neurociencias in Alicante (Spain), a joint centre of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the Miguel Hernández University (UMH). From July 2014, he is Director of the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London.

He has received numerous Awards and recognitions, such as EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) Young Investigator (2003), NARSAD Young Investigator (2000 and 2004), and European Young Investigator (EURYI) Awards (2004), Banco Sabadell Award for Biomedical Research (2008), Rey Jaime I Award on Basic Research (2011), the FENS/EJN Young Investigator Award (2012), the Wolfson Research Award from the Royal Society (2014), and the Prix Roger de Spoelberch (2014). He is an ERC Advanced Awardee and a Wellcome Trust Investigator.

Oscar Marín serves in several editorial boards, and he is currently a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors at Science. In 2005, Oscar Marín was selected as one of the 22 founding members of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council, where he served until 2010.


Thompson Reuters Researcher ID: F-3856-2012
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All publications:


Scott R, Sánchez-Aguilera A, van Elst K, Lim L, Dehorter N, Bae SE, Bartolini G, Peles E, Kas MJH, Bruining H, Marín O (2019) Loss of Cntnap2 Causes Axonal Excitability Deficits, Developmental Delay in Cortical Myelination, and Abnormal Stereotyped Motor Behavior. Cereb Cortex 29: 586-597


Lim L, Pakan JMP, Selten MM, Marques-Smith A, Llorca A, Bae SE, Rochefort NL, Marín O (2018) Optimization of interneuron function by direct coupling of cell migration and axonal targeting. Nat Neurosci 21: 920-931


Bartolini G, Sánchez-Alcañiz JA, Osório C, Valiente M, García-Frigola C, Marín O (2017) Neuregulin 3 Mediates Cortical Plate Invasion and Laminar Allocation of GABAergic Interneurons. Cell Rep 18: 1157-1170


Marín O (2016) Developmental timing and critical windows for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Nat Med 22: 1229-1238


Villar-Cerviño V, Kappeler C, Nóbrega-Pereira S, Henkemeyer M, Rago L, Nieto MA, Marín O (2015) Molecular mechanisms controlling the migration of striatal interneurons. J Neurosci 35: 8718-29


Del Pino I, Marín O (2014) Sculpting circuits: CRH interneurons modulate neuronal integration. Dev Cell 30: 639-40


Bartolini G, Ciceri G, Marín O (2013) Integration of GABAergic interneurons into cortical cell assemblies: lessons from embryos and adults. Neuron 79: 849-64


Marín O (2012) Brain development: The neuron family tree remodelled. Nature 490: 185-6


Gelman D, Griveau A, Dehorter N, Teissier A, Varela C, Pla R, Pierani A, Marín O (2011) A wide diversity of cortical GABAergic interneurons derives from the embryonic preoptic area. J Neurosci 31: 16570-80


Gelman DM, Marín O (2010) Generation of interneuron diversity in the mouse cerebral cortex. Eur J Neurosci 31: 2136-41


Gelman DM, Martini FJ, Nóbrega-Pereira S, Pierani A, Kessaris N, Marín O (2009) The embryonic preoptic area is a novel source of cortical GABAergic interneurons. J Neurosci 29: 9380-9


Nóbrega-Pereira S, Kessaris N, Du T, Kimura S, Anderson SA, Marín O (2008) Postmitotic Nkx2-1 controls the migration of telencephalic interneurons by direct repression of guidance receptors. Neuron 59: 733-45


Fogarty M, Grist M, Gelman D, Marín O, Pachnis V, Kessaris N (2007) Spatial genetic patterning of the embryonic neuroepithelium generates GABAergic interneuron diversity in the adult cortex. J Neurosci 27: 10935-46


Marín O, Valdeolmillos M, Moya F (2006) Neurons in motion: same principles for different shapes? Trends Neurosci 29: 655-61


Marín O, González A, Smeets WJ (1995) Evidence for a mesolimbic pathway in anuran amphibians: a combined tract-tracing/immunohistochemical study. Neurosci Lett 190: 183-6