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Garcia Marin, Virginia

Garcia Marin, Virginia

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor

Phone: 718-262-3822
Office Location: AC-4E07

Office Hours  
Tuesday  10-12 
Wednesday  10-11 


Degree Institution Field Dates
MS  New York University  Clinical Research  2019 
PhD  Complutense University of Madrid  Neuroscience  2006 
BS  Complutense University of Madrid  Biology  2000 
The overall goal of my research is to understand the brain organization in the primary sensory areas, particularly the primary visual cortex of human and non-human primates. I study the distribution of the neurons and their connections, the synapses, to get accurate estimation of the number and morphological characteristic of both brain components. Accurate estimations of neurons and synapses are crucial to build realistic computer models of the brain. I use different neuroanatomical techniques, including confocal microscopy and electron microscopy in 3D.

Areas of Expertise

Neuroscience, neuroanatomy, history of neuroscience and clinical research

Books in Field Of Expertise

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Articles in Field Of Expertise

Michael Hawken, Robert Shapley, Anita Disney, Andrew Henrie, Christopher Henry, Virginia Garcia-Marin, Elizabeth Johnson, Siddhartha Joshi, Jenna Kelly, Dario Ringach, and Dajun Xing. "Functional clusters of neurons in layer 6 of macaque V1." Journal of Neuroscience. 40 2020: 2445-2457.

García-Marín V, Kelly JG, MJ Hawken. "Dominant feedforward thalamic input into layer 4C of primary visual cortex in primate." Cereb Cortex.. 29 2019: 134-149.

Kelly JG, García-Marín V, Rudy B, Hawken MJ.. "Densities and Laminar Distributions of Kv3.1b-, PV-, GABA-, and SMI-32-Immunoreactive Neurons in Macaque Area V1.." Cereb Cortex.. 29 2018: 1921-1937.

Christopher Shooner, Luke Hallum, Romesh Kumbhani, Virginia Garcia-Marin, Jenna Kelly, Najib Majaj, J. Movshon, and Lynne Kiorpes. "Asymmetric dichoptic masking in visual cortex of amblyopic macaque monkeys." J Neurosci.. 37 2017: 8734-8741.

Luke E Hallum, Christopher Shooner, Romesh D Kumbhani, Jenna G Kelly, Virginia García-Marín, Najib J Majaj, J Anthony Movshon, Lynne Kiorpes. "Altered balance of receptive field excitation and suppression in visual cortex of amblyopic macaque monkeys." Journal of Neuroscience. 37 2017: 8216-8226.

Christopher Shooner, Luke E Hallum, Romesh D Kumbhani, Corey M Ziemba, Virginia Garcia-Marin, Jenna G Kelly, Najib J Majaj, J Anthony Movshon, Lynne Kiorpes. "Population representation of visual information in areas V1 and V2 of amblyopic macaques." Vision research. 114 2015: 56-67.

García-Marín V, Sandiang M and Hawken M.. "Reduced Density of Geniculocortical Terminals in Foveal Layer 4A in the Macaque Primary Visual Cortex: Relationship to S-cone Density.." Brain Structure and Function. 220 2014: 2783-96.

García-Marín V, Ahmed T. Azfal Y and Hawken M.. "Distribution of Vesicular Glutamate Transporter 2 (VGlut2) in Primary Visual Cortex of the Macaque and Human." Journal of Comparative Neurology. 521 2013: 130-151.

Blazquez-Llorca L, Garcia-Marin V, Merino-Serrais P, Avila J and DeFelipe J.. "Abnormal phosphorylation of tau in thorny excrescences of CA3 hippocampal neurons in Alzheimer’s disease patients.." Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 26 2011: 683-698.

García-López P, García-Marín V, and Freire M.. "The histological slides and drawings of the Cajal Museum." Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. 4 2010: 9. doi: 10.3389/neuro.05.009.2010.

García-López P, García-Marín V, Martinez-Murillo R, and Freire M.. "Cajal’s achievements in the field of the development of dendritic arbors.." International Journal of Developmental Biology. 54 2010: 1405-1417.

Blazquez-Llorca L, Garcia-Marin V, and DeFelipe J. "Pericellular innervation of neurons expressing abnormally hyperphosphoryolated tau in the hippocampal formation of Alzheimer’s disease patients." Frontiers in Neuroanatomy,. 4 2010: 20. doi: 10.3389/fnana.2010.00020.

García-Marín V, Blazquez-Llorca L, Rodriguez JR, Gonzalez-Soriano J and DeFelipe J. "Differential distribution of neurons in the gyral white matter of the human cerebral cortex.." Journal of Comparative Neurology. 518 2010: 4740-4759.

Blazquez-Llorca L, Garcia-Marin V, and DeFelipe J.. "GABAergic complex basket formations in the human neocortex." Journal of Comparative Neurology. 518 2010: 4917-4937.

García-López P, García-Marín V, and Freire M.. "Dendritic Spines and development: Towards a unifying model of spinogenesis –A present day review of Cajal’s histological slides and drawings." Neural Plasticity.. 2010: doi:10.1155/2010/769207.

García-Marín V, Blazquez-Llorca L, Rodriguez JR, Ferrer I, Boluda S, Santpere G and DeFelipe J. "Diminished perisomatic GABAergic terminals on cortical neurons adjacent to amyloid plaques." Frontiers in Neuroanatomy,. 3 2009: 28. doi:10.3389/neuro.05.028.2009.

Garcia-Lopez P, Garcia-Marin V, Martinez-Murillo R, Freire M,. "Updating old ideas and recent advances regarding the Interstitial Cells of Cajal." Brain Research Reviews. 61 2009: 154-169.

García-Marín V, García-López P. and Freire M.. "The growth cone as seen through Cajal´s original histological preparations and publications.." Journal of History of Neuroscicence. 18 2009: 197-210.

García-Marín V, García-López P. and Freire M. "Cajal´s contributions to the study of Alzheimer´s Disease." Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 12 2007: 161-174.

García-López P, García-MarínV, and Freire M.. "The discovery of dendritic spines by Cajal in 1888 and its relevance in present-day neuroscience.." Progress in Neurobiology. 83 2007: 110-130.

García-Marín V, García-López P and Freire M. "Cajal´s contributions to glia research." Trend in Neuroscience. 30 2007: 479-487.

García-López P, García-Marín V, and Freire M.. "3D reconstruction of cerebral cortex pyramidal cell of a Cajal histological preparation." Journal of Neuroscience. 26 2006: 11249-11525.

Martínez A, Marín VG, Ramón y Cajal Junquera S, Martínez-Murillo R and Freire M. "The contributions of Santiago Ramón y Cajal to cancer research – 100 years on." Nature Reviews Cancer. 5 2005: 904-909.

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Cognitive, Comparative Psychology Coloquiumm - CUNY " 04/09/2021: .

" Keynote Speaker in Opening Ceremony of Science Day at Hostos. Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, CUNY " 11/13/2018: .

" Organization of the LGN thalamic afferents into primary visual cortex in human and macaque monkey V1. Biology Colloquium, City College of New York, CUNY " 12/05/2016: .

" Alterations in the pericellular synaptic innervation of neurons in contact with plaques. Society for Neuroscience. Chicago, IL, USA " 10/21/2009: .

" . Cajal also study Alzheimer Disease. The Legacy of Cajal. Chesnut Hill College, School of Undergraduate Studies, Philadelphia, USA, PA " 10/05/2006: .

" Cajal and his studies about Alzheimer Disease. School of Anatomy and Human Biology, Univ. Western Australia, Perth, Australia " 08/2006: .

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

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NIH Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Continuance Award (SC3), Understanding the microcircuits in monkey sensory cortices: a connectomic approach. 01/15/2022-12/31/2025: $363,386.

York College Auxiliary Board, Rebuilding trust in drugs/vaccines development. 2022 (pending): $1,250.

PSC-CUNY-53, Ultrastructural study of the effect of aging in the brain mitochondria and synapses. 2021 (pending): $3,600.

PSC-CUNY-52, 3D characterization of the synaptic input in the primary auditory cortex of macaque. 2020: $3,600.

NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, Brain& Behavior Research Foundation, Dissecting the Human Magnocellular Visual Pathway in perceptual disorders. 2015-2016: $61,000.

NIH R21 exploratory Grant (Postdoc), The Canonical Cortical Microcircuit: an Ultrastructural Re-examination. 2014-2016: $446,981.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Spanish Ministry of Education, Science and Innovation, . 2011-2012: .

Travel grant, 12th Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Societies, . 2008: .

Universidad Complutense of Madrid Dean Grant, . 2002-2004: .