Beatriz Rico

Beatriz Rico

Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, Group Leader


Beatriz Rico is a Professor of Developmental Neurobiology. She received her PhD in the University Autónoma of Madrid and she did her postdoctoral research in University of California at San Francisco. In 2004 she got a Ramon y Cajal position at the Institute of Neuroscience in Alicante (IN), Spain (CSIC-UMH), and then in 2005 she become an Assistant Professor at the CSIC in the IN. In 2014, she was recruited with a Professorship position at King’s College London. Rico’s lab is interested in understanding how genes are involved in the development of neuronal circuits and the consequences on their disruption. In the last years, her lab has highlighted the relevance of cortical GABAergic circuitry in cognitive function, and their possible implication in the pathophysiology of developmental disorders, particularly in schizophrenia. Her work has been recognised by the European Molecular Biology Organisation with an EMBO YIP 2010 and she has been granted with an ERC-Consolidator grant. Beatriz is a Wellcome Investigator.



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All publications:


Favuzzi E, Deogracias R, Marques-Smith A, Maeso P, Jezequel J, Exposito-Alonso D, Balia M, Kroon T, Hinojosa AJ, F Maraver E, Rico B (2019) Distinct molecular programs regulate synapse specificity in cortical inhibitory circuits. Science 363: 413-417


Del Pino I, Rico B, Marín O (2018) Neural circuit dysfunction in mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders. Curr Opin Neurobiol 48: 174-182


Del Pino I, Brotons-Mas JR, Marques-Smith A, Marighetto A, Frick A, Marín O, Rico B (2017) Abnormal wiring of CCK Nat Neurosci 20: 784-792


Marques-Smith A, Favuzzi E, Rico B (2016) Shaping Early Networks to Rule Mature Circuits: Little MiRs Go a Long Way. Neuron 92: 1154-1157


Navarro AI, Rico B (2014) Focal adhesion kinase function in neuronal development. Curr Opin Neurobiol 27: 89-95


Marín O, Rico B (2013) A new beginning for a broken mind: balancing neuregulin 1 reverses synaptic dysfunction. Neuron 78: 577-9


Chacón MR, Navarro AI, Cuesto G, del Pino I, Scott R, Morales M, Rico B (2012) Focal adhesion kinase regulates actin nucleation and neuronal filopodia formation during axonal growth. Development 139: 3200-10


Valiente M, Ciceri G, Rico B, Marín O (2011) Focal adhesion kinase modulates radial glia-dependent neuronal migration through connexin-26. J Neurosci 31: 11678-91