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Marta Cosín

Marta Cosín

Postdoctoral Fellow Childhood & Environment

Marta Cosin Tomas joined ISGlobal in 2020 as a postdoctoral researcher (Juan de la Cierva – formación fellowship).

Her background is in Biochemistry (BSc.) and Public Health (MSc.). She did her PhD at the University of Barcelona on the contribution of epigenetic mechanisms to ageing and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and the effects of lifestyle interventions (physical exercise, dietary, stress reduction/meditation) on transcriptional and epigenetic modifications using animal models and human samples.

She conducted her first postdoc in Dr Rozen’s lab at McGill University (Canada), where she studied the effects of high folic acid consumption during pregnancy on placenta and offspring neurodevelopment, with special attention to the associated epigenetic and transcriptional changes.

Currently, she investigates the role of epigenetic mechanisms in the impact of environmental factors on offspring health, particularly on neurodevelopment during pregnancy and early childhood (BiSC project, PACE consortium).

Lines of research

  • Epigenetics
  • DNA methylation
  • miRNA
  • Transcriptomics
  • Gene-environment interactions

Main publications

Chaix R., Fagny M., Cosin-Tomás M., Alvarez-López M., Lemee L., Regnault B., Davidson RJ., Lutz A., Kaliman P. Differential DNA methylation in experienced meditators after an intensive day of mindfulness-based practice: Implications for immune-related pathways. Brain behavior and immunity. 13/11/2019. pii: S0889-1591(19)30879-7. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2019.11.003.

Bahous R.H.*; Cosin-Tomas M.*; Deng L.; Leclerc D.; Malysheva O.; Ho M.; Pallàs M.; Kaliman P.; Bedell B.; Caudill M.; Rozen R. Early Manifestations of Brain Aging in Mice Due to Low Dietary Folate and Mild MTHFR Deficiency. Molecular Neurobiology. 04/10/2018. ISSN 08937648 DOI: 10.1007/s12035-018-1375-3 *Equal contributors.

Cosin-Tomas M.; Antonell A.; Llado A.; Alcolea D.; Fortea J.; Ezquerra M.; Lleo A.; Jose Marti M.; Pallas M.; Sanchez-Valle R.; Molinuevo J.L.; Sanfeliu C.; Kaliman P. Plasma miR-34a-5p and miR-545-3p as Early Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease: Potential and Limitations. Molecular Neurobiology. 54, 01/09/2017. ISSN 0893-7648 DOI: 10.1007/s12035-016-0088-8.

Cosin-Tomas M.; Alvarez-López M.; Sanchez-Roige S.; Lalanza J.; Bayod S.; Sanfeliu C.; Pallàs M.; Escorihuela R.; Kaliman P. Epigenetic alterations in hippocampus of SAMP8 senescent mice and modulation by voluntary physical exercise. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 6, 20/03/2014. DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00051.

Cosín-Tomás M., Luan Y., Leclerc D., Malysheva OV., Lauzon N., Bahous RH., Christensen KE., Caudill MA., Rozen R.
Moderate Folic Acid Supplementation in Pregnant Mice Results in Behavioral Alterations in Offspring with Sex-Specific Changes in Methyl Metabolism.Nutrients 2020, 12(6), 1716; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12061716.