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Cristina Martinez Gonzalez

My research combines optical tissue clearing with light-sheet microscopy to investigate models of autism spectrum disorders at the whole-brain level.

Dr Cristina Martinez Gonzalez

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

  • Hugh Robson Building
  • 15 George Square
  • Edinburgh, EH8 9XD

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Personal profile

  • 2017-present                  Post-doctoral research fellow. Simons Initiative for the Development Brain (SIDB). University of Edinburgh.
  • 2016- 2016                       Visiting Post-doctoral fellow at Prof. Catherina Becker’s group. University of Edinburgh.
  • 2013-2016                        Post-doctoral scientist at Prof. Gregoire Courtine’s group. EPFL, Switzerland.
  • 2007-2012                         D.Phil in Neurosciences. University of Oxford, UK.
  • 2004-2006                         M.Sc. in Biochemistry. UNAM, Mexico.
  • 2000-2004                         B.Sc. in Basic biomedical research.   UNAM, Mexico.


My research combines optical tissue clearing with light-sheet microscopy to investigate rodent models of autism spectrum disorders at the whole-brain level.

Relevant Publications

Hristova, K*., Martinez-Gonzalez C*., Watson, T*., Codadu, N., Hashemu, K., Kind, P., Nolan, M.F., Gonzalez-Sulser, A. Medial septal GABAergic neurons reduce seizure duration upon optogenetic closed-loop stimulation. Accepted in Brain.

Bonizzato, M., Pidpruzhnykova, G., Pavlova, N., Shkorbatova, P., Martinez-Gonzalez, C., DiGiovanna, J., Barraud, Q., Micera, S., and Courtine, G. Multi-pronged neuromodulation therapies engaging the residual motor circuitry to enable walking after spinal cord injury. Under review in Nature Communications.

Asboth, L., Friedli, L., Beauparlant, J., Martinez-Gonzalez, C., Anil, S., Rey, E., Baud, L., Pidpruzhnykova, G., Anderson, M.A.M.A., Shkorbatova, P., Batti, L., Pagès, S., Kreider, J., Schneider, B.L.B.L., Barraud, Q., & Courtine, G. (2018) Cortico–reticulo–spinal circuit reorganization enables functional recovery after severe spinal cord contusion. Nat. Neurosci., 21, 576–588.

Tennant, S.A., Fischer, L., Garden, D.L.F., Gerlei, K.Z., Martinez-Gonzalez, C., McClure, C., Wood, E.R., & Nolan, M.F. (2018) Stellate Cells in the Medial Entorhinal Cortex Are Required for Spatial Learning. Cell Rep., 22, 1313–1324.

Martinez-Gonzalez, C., Bolam, J.P., & Mena-Segovia, J. (2011) Topographical Organization of the Pedunculopontine Nucleus. Front. Neuroanat., 5.

Martinez-Gonzalez, C., van Andel, J., Bolam, J.P., & Mena-Segovia, J. (2013) Divergent motor projections from the pedunculopontine nucleus are differentially regulated in Parkinsonism. Brain Struct. Funct., 219, 1451–1462.

Martinez-Gonzalez, C., Wang, H.-L., Micklem, B.R., Bolam, J.P., & Mena-Segovia, J. (2012) Subpopulations of cholinergic, GABAergic and glutamatergic neurons in the pedunculopontine nucleus contain calcium-binding proteins and are heterogeneously distributed. Eur. J. Neurosci., 35, 723–734.