Mara Dierssen received a medical degree from the School of Medicine, University of Cantabria (UC), Cantabria, Spain, in 1985. She earned her Ph.D. degree in neurobiology at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Cantabria in 1989. She took postdoctoral training at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain from 1990–1993. During this period, she visited the Department of Neuropathology in the Free University in Berlin, Germany. She served as Assistant Professor at the UC (1993–1997) where she initiated her work in the behavioral and molecular analyses of the alterations in learning and memory storage involved in mental retardation that, ultimately, would be applicable to humans. Beginning in 1997, Dierssen held a Group Leader position at the Institut de Recerca Oncológica and from 2001, at the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, Spain. Her work is devoted to functional genomics of mental retardation and neuropsychiatric disorders. She has more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and more than 20 books and book chapters. Dierssen is Past-President of the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society, Executive Committee Member of FENS, and President-Elect (from 2011) of the Spanish Society of Neuroscience. She is part of editorial boards (Genes Brain and Behavior, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Amino Acids, Frontiers in Genetics, and BMC). She has received recognitions for her work including Ramón Trias Fargas, Jaime Blanco, and Sisley-Lejeune awards.
Biography Updated on 20 December 2012