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Verónica Martínez Cerdeño

Investigator, Shriners Hospitals for Children
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of California, Davis
2425 Stockton Blvd, Room 671, Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 453-2163
vmartinezcerdeno (at)


  • Complutense University, Madrid, Spain B.S. 1993-98 Biology
  • Autonóma University of Madrid, Spain Ph.D. 1998-02 Neuroscience
  • Columbia University, NY Postdoctoral training 2002-04 Brain Development
  • University of California, San Francisco Postdoctoral training 2004-07 Brain Development
  • University of California, Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute, Postdoctoral training 2007-08 Autism

Research Interests

The goal of Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño’s laboratory is to determine the etiology and the pathology of some forms of autism. In addition, we study the role of stem cells in the development, evolution, and pathogenesis of the mammalian cerebral cortex. We study the anatomy and pathology of autism and related diseases in postmortem brains and based on our finding we develop animal models for autism research. Animal model mimicking our findings in human provide an excellent tool to generate and test new treatment for different kinds of autism.