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Bianca Jones Marlin, looks at the brains of female mice to see how oxytocin affects the behavior of mothers, and explores how this research could offer solutions for human children who suffer neglect. February, 2019



Lovers across the city are basking in the afterglow of Valentine’s Day: a day to touch, to kiss, to look deeply into each other’s eyes. All of these actions release a chemical in our brains called oxytocin. Maggie Green explains how this drug can make us better parents. February, 2019


Vanny et al. STEM IN STYLE series

Dr. Vanessa Evoen’s Vanny et al. STEM in Style series, where she interviews STEM professionals about their background and work. 


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.


Is Maternal Instinct Only for Moms? Here's the Science.

“When we added oxytocin, we saw that the neurons started to change their conversation,” Marlin says. “Not only did we change the behavior, but we also changed the neural signature of the pup call in the virgins. They acted and responded like mothers.”, May, 2018

Five Questions for Mother’s Day with Neuroscientist Bianca Jones Marlin


Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD, is a neuroscientist—and new mom—who studies the biology of parental behavior. Columbia University spoke with Marlin to learn more about her work, and how her own experience has shaped her research. March, 2018.


‘Wunderkind’ Bianca Marlin Probes the Biology of Parenting

Last month, Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD, was among the first of a group of early-career North American scientists to receive a STAT Wunderkinds award, which recognizes the brightest young minds in life science. Dr. Marlin is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Richard Axel, MD, co-director of Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute. November, 2016.


Columbia University #ActualLivingscientist

#actuallivingscientist Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD, has always been interested in parental behavior. “I started off as a teacher before I started grad school, and I was very interested in how kids learn, and how different environmental factors influence how we learn,” she says.

In graduate school at NYU, Dr. Marlin dove into the neuroscience behind some of these questions and discovered how pregnancy alters brain structure to produce maternal behavior. In recognition of this work, she received the 2016 Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience at the society’s annual meeting last November.


KnowScience: Love, It's All in Your Head

Falling in love is a profound experience driven by chemical activity.

Babies change everything. Dr. Marlin examines how the brain adapts to care for a newborn, and how a baby’s cry can control adult behavior.


Science Friday: Animal Moms, From Lion to Mouse

Animal mothers come in all shapes and sizes. One could be a 60-pound octopus dutifully guarding her eggs for hundreds of days on end in Seattle’s Puget Sound. Another could be a tiny mouse mom learning the meanings of her pups’ vocalizations to better ensure their survival.

Several scientists share stories of their favorite animal kingdom matriarchs with Science Friday, just in time for Mother’s Day.


Discover Magazine: Top 100 Stories of 2015

Oxytocin cements the bond between mother and child, and even between lovers. But precisely how does the hormone do this? In a paper published in April, research revealed oxytocin stimulates key neural circuits that permanently alter behavior in lab mice.

“Adding oxytocin made permanent behavioral changes,” says study lead author Bianca Marlin of NYU. “Mice that didn’t know how to perform a social task could suddenly do it perfectly.” November, 2015.


NatGe0: Oxytocin Makes new mouse mothers focus on cries of lost pups

Bianca Marlin from New York University has shown that when virgin females get a boost of oxytocin, they readily retrieve crying pups, just like experienced mothers

"They have delved deep into the neural mechanism, more than anyone else has done. This kind of study, which gets into details and doesn’t attribute fluffy psychological traits to this molecule, is exactly what we need to move the field forward.” April, 2015.


The Story Collider:It's Because She's Black

On the first day of grad school for her PhD, a fellow student tells Bianca Jones Marlin that she doesn't really belong there.


The Guardian: Science Feature

Mothers more sensitive to crying babies thanks to hormone, study says

Oxcytocin, the “cuddle hormone”, found to amplify the cries of baby mice in the brains of mothers and could explain increased sensitivity in human parents


Los Angeles Times: Science Feature

Hormone oxytocin jump-starts maternal behavior

Where motherhood thrives, there too shall ye find the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin is plentifully present in a woman's body at the time of her child's birth -- and in its medicinal form, called Pitocin [...]


LabTV: Curious About a Mother’s Bond

Dr. Marlin welcomes the opportunity that the lab gives her to “be an explorer”—to ask deep, even ethereal, questions and devise experiments aimed at answering them. “That’s the beauty of science and research,” she says. “To be able to do that the rest of my life? I’d be very happy.”

The bond between a mother and her child is obviously very special. That’s true not only in humans, but in mice and other animals that feed and care for their young. But what exactly goes on in the brain of a mother when she hears her baby crying? That’s one of the fascinating questions being explored by Bianca Jones Marlin, the young neuroscience researcher featured in this LabTV video.