Beatriz Rico

Beatriz Rico

Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, Group leader



Biography:

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.

Links:

KCL PURE: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/beatriz.rico.html

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Selected publications:

Hinojosa AJ, Deogracias R, Rico B (2018) The Microtubule Regulator NEK7 Coordinates the Wiring of Cortical Parvalbumin Interneurons. Cell Rep 24: 1231-1242
Favuzzi E, Rico B (2018) Molecular diversity underlying cortical excitatory and inhibitory synapse development. Curr Opin Neurobiol 53: 8-15
Del Pino I, Rico B, Marín O (2018) Neural circuit dysfunction in mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders. Curr Opin Neurobiol 48: 174-182
Favuzzi E, Marques-Smith A, Deogracias R, Winterflood CM, Sánchez-Aguilera A, Mantoan L, Maeso P, Fernandes C, Ewers H, Rico B (2017) Activity-Dependent Gating of Parvalbumin Interneuron Function by the Perineuronal Net Protein Brevican. Neuron 95: 639-655.e10