Professor Marin teaches in the Department of Biology and the Cell Biology and Biochemistry Program.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of Washington
  • B.S., University of California - San Diego

Teaching Interests

  • BIOL 205 Introduction to Molecules and Cells
  • BIOL 207 Genetics
  • BIOL 327 Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 332 Developmental Neurobiology
  • BIOL 340 Biochemical Methods

Research Interests

I use the model organism Drosophila melanogaster to study fundamental problems in nervous system development. How do newly born cells know what types of neurons they're supposed to be? How does a neural stem cell produce distinct types of neurons at the right time during development? How do insect nervous systems reorganize during metamorphosis to accommodate radical transformations in body plan from limbless larvae to adults designed for mating and dispersal? And how have nervous systems evolved variations on the basic arthropod model to enable novel brain functions or dramatic differences in appendage type and number?

Selected Publications


Dunne, C.R. and Marin, E.C. "Structured inquiry-based learning: Drosophila GAL4 enhancer trap characterization in an undergraduate laboratory course." Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Workshop, Ithaca, NY, 2014. Poster.

Freehling, G.*, Schuler, E.*, Alaimo, D.*, Rudd, K.*, and Marin, E. "Lineage-specific functions of Antp in the postembryonic ventral nervous system." Neurobiology of Drosophila Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, 2013. Poster.

Freehling, G.*, Alaimo, D.*, Rudd, K.*, Cillo, A.R.*, and Marin, E.C. "Antp regulates segment-specific survival and morphology in the postembryonic ventral nervous system." Drosophila Research Conference, Washington, DC, 2013. Poster.

Fritz, D.I.*, Lubin, A.*, Dincer, A.*, Kanwal, J.*, and Marin, E.C. "Regulating neuronal composition in the Drosophila mushroom body through hormonal extrinsic cues." Drosophila Research Conference, Washington, DC, 2013. Poster.

Dunne, C.R.*, Gordon-Hamm, D.T.*, and Marin, E.C. "Characterization of developmental expression pattern and identification of associated genes in Gal4 enhancer traps." Drosophila Research Conference, Washington, DC, 2013. Poster.


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.**, Schrom D.**, Shapiro S.**, Simkins J.W.**, Strauss D.**, Talai R.**, Tomtishen J.P. III**, Vargas J.**, Veloz T.**, Vogler T.O.**, Clenshaw M.E.**, Gordon-Hamm D.T.**, Lee K.L.**, Marin E.C. (2014). "Structured Inquiry-Based Learning: Drosophila GAL4 Enhancer Trap Characterization in an Undergraduate Laboratory Course." PLoS Biol. Dec 30;12(12):e1002030.

Lin S.*, Marin E.C.*, Yang C.P.*, Kao C.F., Apenteng B.A., Huang Y., O'Connor M.B., Truman J.W., Lee T. (2013). "Extremes of lineage plasticity in the Drosophila brain." Curr Biol. Oct 7;23(19):1908-13.

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.

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.*, 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.

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.

*These authors contributed equally to this work.

** denotes Bucknell student co-authors


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