skip to content

Department of Zoology



My first exposure to Drosophila genetics was as an undergraduate researcher in Dr Ethan Bier's lab at UC San Diego, where I earned degrees in Molecular Biology and Philosophy. I obtained my PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, where I worked on the organisation and development of the Drosophila olfactory system with Dr Liqun Luo. As a postdoctoral fellow with Dr James W. Truman at the University of Washington, I began studies on the developmental plasticity of the mushroom body and the segment-specific sculpting of neuronal lineages in the ventral nervous system which were continued in my own laboratory at Bucknell University. I left Bucknell in 2017 to work on thermosensory and hygrosensory circuits in the Fly Connectomics team headed by my former Luo lab collaborator, Dr Gregory Jefferis.


Key publications: 

Marin, E.C., Büld, L., Theiss, M., Sarkissian, T., Roberts, R.J.V., Turnbull, R., Tamimi, I.F.M., Pleijzier, M.W., Laursen, W.J., Drummond, N., Schlegel, P., Bates, A.S., Li, F., Landgraf, M., Costa, M., Bock, D.D., Garrity, P.A., and Jefferis, G.S.X.E. (2020). Connectomics analysis reveals first, second, and third order thermosensory and hygrosensory neurons in the adult Drosophila brain. Current Biology, in press. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.06.028.

Lin, S.*, Marin, E.C.*, Yang, C.P.*, Kao, C.F., Apenteng, B.A., Huang, Y., O'Connor, M.B., Truman J.W., and Lee, T. (2013). Extremes of lineage plasticity in the Drosophila brain. Current Biology, 23(19): 1908-1913.

Marin, E.C., Dry, K.E., Alaimo, D.R., Rudd, K.T., Cillo, A.R., Clenshaw, M.E., Negre, N., White, K.P., and Truman, J.W. (2012). Ultrabithorax confers spatial identity in a context-specific manner in the Drosophila postembryonic ventral nervous system. Neural Development, 7:31.

Jefferis, G.S.X.E.*, Potter, C.J.*, Chan, A.M., Marin, E.C., Rohlfing, T., Maurer, C.R. Jr., and Luo, L. (2007). Comprehensive maps of Drosophila higher olfactory centers: spatially segregated fruit and pheromone representation. Cell, 128(6): 1187-203.

Ramaekers, A., Magnenat, E., Marin, E.C., Gendre, N., Jefferis, G.S.X.E., Luo, L., and Stocker, R.F. (2005). Glomerular maps without cellular redundancy at successive levels of the Drosophila larval olfactory circuit. Current Biology, 15: 1-11.

Marin, E.C., Watts, R.J., Tanaka, N.K., Ito, K., and Luo, L. (2005). Developmentally programmed remodeling of the Drosophila olfactory circuit. Development, 132(4): 725-737.

Marin, E.C.*, Jefferis, G.S.X.E.*, Komiyama, T., Zhu, H., and Luo, L. (2002). Representation of the glomerular olfactory map in the Drosophila brain. Cell, 109(2): 243-255.

Jefferis, G.S.X.E.*, Marin, E.C.*, Stocker, R.F., and Luo, L. (2001). Target neuron prespecification in the olfactory map of Drosophila. Nature, 414: 204-208.

Other publications: 

Marin, E. and Costa, M. (2017). Sensory neurobiology: wet fly fishing. Current Biology 27(17): R839-R842. Review.

Dunne, C.R., Cillo, A. R., Glick, D.R., John, K., Johnson, C., Kanwal, J., Malik, B.T., Mammano, K., Petrovic, S., Pfister, W., Rascoe, A.S., Shapiro, S., Simkins, J.W., Strauss, D., Talai, R., Tomtishen III, J.P., Vargas, J., Veloz, T., Vogler, T.O., Clenshaw, M.E., Gordon-Hamm, D.T., Lee, K. L., and Marin, E.C. (2014). Structured inquiry-based learning: Drosophila GAL4 enhancer trap characterization in an undergraduate laboratory course. PLoS Biology 12(12): e1002030.

Truman, J.W., Moats, W., Altman, J., Marin, E.C., and Williams, D.W. (2010). Role of Notch signaling in establishing the hemilineages of secondary neurons in Drosophila melanogaster. Development, 137(1): 53-61.

Jefferis, G.S.X.E., Marin, E.C., Komiyama, T., Zhu, H., Chihara, T., Berdnik, D., and Luo, L. (2005). Development of wiring specificity of the Drosophila olfactory system. Chem Senses, 30(Suppl 1): i94. Conference report.

Jefferis, G.S.X.E.*, Marin, E.C.*, Watts, R.J.*, and Luo, L. (2002). Development of neuronal connectivity in Drosophila antennal lobes and mushroom bodies. Curr Opin Neurobiol, 12: 80-86. Review.

Sturtevant, M.A., Biehs, B., Marin, E., and Bier, E. (1997). The spalt gene links the A/P compartment boundary to a linear adult structure in the Drosophila wing. Development, 124(1): 21-32.

Research Associate

Contact Details

Room 316 Austin Building
01223 (3)34455