Marta is a postdoctoral fellow in the Briscoe lab at the Francis Crick institute. She graduated in Biology from the University of Madrid and carried out her Bachelor’s thesis in the laboratory of Alain Gyshen and Chrisitine Dambly-Chaudière, analysing the development of the zebrafish lateral line. This led to her fascination with developmental biology. After a Master’s degree she joined Fernando J. Díaz-Benjumea’s lab at the Molecular Biology Centre Severo Ochoa in Madrid to study the development of the central nervous system of Drosophila melanogaster. In 2015 she obtained completed PhD entitled “Analysis of CCAP-neuron differentiation.” In October 2015 she joined the Briscoe lab where she aims to determine the dynamics of Shh signalling and the gene regulatory mechanism that control mesoderm patterning. By comparing these with the neural tube she wants to identify similarities and differences and determine essential properties of how Shh shapes tissue development.