Professor of Neuroscience, head of the Department of Developmental Neurobiology and director of the Center of the Medical Research Council (MRC) for the Neurodevelopmental Disorders in the King’s College London. Oscar is interested in understanding the mechanisms that control the development of the cerebral cortex of mammals, and a large part of his work focuses on the cortical interneurons. Although his research aims at elucidating fundamental mechanisms of development and plasticity, much of his efforts are also dedicated to investigate the function of genes whose variation confers susceptibility to diseases of the neurodevelopmental such as autism and schizophrenia.
Oscar graduated in biology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he also received a Ph.D. in neuroscience, followed by a postdoctoral stay at the University of California in San Francisco. He was CSIC’s research professor in the Institute of Neuroscience in Alicante before joining King’s in 2014. Oscar was one of the founding members of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council, where he served from 2005 until 2010. He is currently a researcher at the Wellcome Trust, receiver for the second time of a ERC Advanced Grant and a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of the journal Science. His distinctions include the Award to European Young Investigator EURYI (2004), the Award Banco de Sabadell to Biomedical Research (2008), the Rey Jaime I Prize for Basic Research (2011), the FENS-EJN (2012) award and the Roger de Spoelberch Prix (2014).