Diversity and plasticity in the assembly of cortical circuits
Prof. Oscar Marín,
Department of Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London, UK
Oscar Marín is Head of the Department of Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London. Marín’s lab investigates the mechanisms controlling the migration, final allocation and connectivity of cortical interneurons. He is investigating the mechanisms that control the dispersion of interneurons within the developing cortex, as well as the molecules that regulate their precise laminar allocation. His lab is developing new methods to trace the progeny of individual progenitor cells within the subpallium, with the aim of identifying the fate and destiny of clonally-related interneurons. Marín is also interested in understanding the general principles regulating the development of other classes of cortical neurons. His research may contribute to understanding the etiology of some of the most devastating psychiatric disorders, such as autism or schizophrenia.