Margarita Behrens, PhD

Research Professor

Computational Neurobiology Laboratory

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - News


Salk teams assemble first full epigenomic cell atlas of the mouse brain

LA JOLLA—Salk Institute researchers, as part of a worldwide initiative to revolutionize scientists’ understanding of the brain, analyzed more than 2 million brain cells from mice to assemble the most …

“A new era in brain science”: Salk researchers unveil human brain cell atlas

LA JOLLA—Salk Institute researchers, as part of a larger collaboration with research teams around the world, analyzed more than half a million brain cells from three human brains to assemble …

Salk Institute to lead $126 million effort to map the aging human brain

LA JOLLA—With a five-year, $126 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a team led by Salk Institute scientists has launched a new Center for Multiomic Human Brain …

The Salk Institute promotes three faculty members in the field of neuroscience

LA JOLLA—Three Salk Institute faculty members have been promoted based on their outstanding scientific contributions. They are leaders who have made original, innovative and notable contributions to neuroscience. Assistant Professors …

Salk researchers accelerate, expand COVID-19 research

LA JOLLA—As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the globe, the Salk Institute joins in efforts to understand the fundamental science behind the novel coronavirus to pave the way to treatments …

Salk scientists receive $12.9 million from NIH BRAIN Initiative

LA JOLLA—Salk Institute scientists Nicola Allen, Eiman Azim, Margarita Behrens, and Joseph Ecker have been named recipients in the 2019 round of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to better understand the brain.

The …

Salk scientists Margarita Behrens and Joseph Ecker to receive over $1.6 million from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to expand Human Cell Atlas

Joseph Ecker

Credit: Salk Institute

LA JOLLA–Joseph Ecker, professor and director of Salk’s Genomic Analysis Laboratory and Margarita Behrens, a research professor in Salk’s Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, will receive over $1.6 million …

Salk appoints neuroscientist Margarita Behrens as Research Professor

LA JOLLA—As part of its efforts to continuously attract and retain top talent, the Salk Institute has appointed neuroscientist Margarita Behrens to the newly created position of Research Professor, which …


BS, Biochemistry, University of Chile
MS, Biochemistry, University of Chile
PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University Autonoma, Spain
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine

Awards & Honors

  • The Kavli Institute for Brain And Mind Innovative Research Grant, 2018
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 2009
  • Daniel X. Freedman Award Honorable Mention, 2008
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 2004
  • European Molecular Biology Organization Fellowship, 1991
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Fellowship, 1989
  • Federation of European Biochemical Societies Predoctoral Fellowship, 1988