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.