I am elated — being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society is a very special recognition. It pays tribute to the hard work of current and past members of my laboratory, to whom I am extremely thankful.- Professor Oscar Marín, Director of the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Director of the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology and a Professor of Neuroscience
10 May 2022
Professor Oscar Marín Elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society
Professor Oscar Marín from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society, a fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
Each year the Royal Society elected up to 52 fellows and 10 Foreign Members from a group of approximately 800 candidates proposed by the existing Fellowship. The elections are in recognition of exceptional contributions to science, engineering and medicine.
Professor Oscar Marín is a leading neurobiologist who has dedicated his career to advancing our understanding of the neural circuits underlying the formation of functional networks in the brain. Professor Marín made a series of influential discoveries concerning the specification, migration, and wiring of neurons (especially inhibitory interneurons) in the cerebral cortex.
His work in interneurons led to the revision of concepts deeply rooted in textbooks regarding the origin and migration of neurons. These discoveries have transformed our understanding of the mechanisms controlling the organisation of the cerebral cortex and illuminate current research on the cause of neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders.
Professor Marín is the Director of the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Director of the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology and a Professor of Neuroscience at King’s College London. Professor Marín takes great pride in supervising PhD students and developing postdoctoral scientists who have gone on to become group leaders worldwide. He is a strong advocate for science policy and public engagement, actively participating in various European events.
Oscar is a brilliant scientist whose work on the development of interneurons underpins many fundamental concepts in neurobiology and has enhanced our understanding of disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. His election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society is a well-deserved recognition of his important contributions. We are also very lucky to have him leading one of our departments, sharing his expertise and preparing the next generation of scientists.Professor Mark Richardson, Head of School of Neuroscience