Bianca Jones Marlin, Ph.D.

Bianca Jones Marlin is a neuroscientist and postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute.  She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from New York University School of Medicine, and dual bachelor degrees in biology and adolescent education from St. John’s University. 

As postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Dr. Richard Axel, she investigates transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, or how trauma in parents affect the brain structure and sensory experience of their future offspring. During her graduate studies, in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Froemke, Dr. Marlin examined how the brain adapts to care for a newborn. Her findings uncovered a fundamental role of the neuromodulator oxytocin during the transition to motherhood.

Dr. Marlin aims to utilize neurobiology and the science of learning to better inform both the scientific and educational community on how positive experiences dictate brain health, academic performance, and social well being.

 
 
 
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Recent Press

 

How Traumatic Experiences Get Inherited

Through epigenetics, bad environments can have a lasting impact on the health of grandchildren and beyond. Neuroscientist Bianca Jones Marlin of the Simons Society of Fellows explores the maternal behavior of mice to understand this insidious effect. November, 2018


PREGNANCY: STORIES ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF HAVING A BABY- THE STORY COLLIDER

An expert in oxytocin, the hormone released during birth, Bianca Jones Marlin is determined to have a natural birth — even as the hours of labor add up. November, 2018.


YOU’RE THE EXPERT: WHAT YOU INHERIT FROM YOUR PARENTS

Dr. Bianca Jones Marlin is a Columbia neuroscientist who studies maternal bonding and how trauma in parents affects the brains of future offspring. She teaches comedians Josh Gondelman, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and Dylan Marron about what you get from your parents and why. Hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. November, 2018.


 
 
 

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