Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno

Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno

Position Title

  • Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine
Shriners Hospital, IPRM, 2425 Stockton BLVD Sacramento CA 95817

Research Interests

Stem and progenitor cell properties and behavior in the normal and pathogenic developing cerebral cortex, with an emphasis in autism. Stem and progenitor cells as treatment for traumatic and neurodegenerative diseases. Stem and progenitor cell role in the evolution of the cerebral cortex.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Autism Research Training Program
  • Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology (PTX)
  • PTX, Comparative pathology

Specialties / Focus

  • Developmental Biology
  • Neurobiology

Honors and Awards

  • CAMPOS Faculty Scholar

    Professional Societies

    • Society for Neuroscience
    • Cajal Club
    • International Society for Stem Cell Research
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • International Society for Autism Research
    • Spanish Society of Neuroscience
    • European Society of Neuroscience


    • 1998 BS Complutense University, Madrid
    • 2002 Ph.D. Autonoma University, Madrid
    • 2004 Postdoctoral Studies Brain Development Columbia University, New York
    • 2007 Postdoctoral Studies Neural Stem Cells University of California, San Francisco
    • 2008 Postdoctoral Studies Autism MIND Institute, University of California, Davis


    Ariza J, Rogers H, Monterrubio A, Hashemi E, Noctor SC, and Martínez-Cerdeño V. (2016) The Number of Chandelier and Basket Cells Are Differentially Decreased in Prefrontal Cortex in Autism Martínez-Cerdeño V.  Cerebral Cortex. In press.

    Martínez-Cerdeño V. (2016) Dendrite and spine modifications in autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders in patients and animal models. Dev. Neurobiology. July 8.

    Ariza J, Rogers H, Monterrubio A, Reyes-Miranda A, Hagerman PJ, Martínez-Cerdeño V (2016) A majority of Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FTXAS) cases present with intranuclear inclusions within Purkinje cells. The Cerebellum. Oct;15(5):546-51.

    Rogers H, Ariza J, Monterrubio A, Hagerman P, Martínez-Cerdeño V (2016) Cerebellar Mild Iron Accumulation in a Subset of FMR1 Premutation Carriers with FXTAS. Cerebellum. Jun 4.

    Hashemi E, Ariza J, Rogers H, Noctor SC, and Martínez-Cerdeño V (2016) The number of Parvalbumin-expressing interneurons is decreased in the prefrontal cortex in autism. Cerebral Cortex. Feb 27.

    Martínez-Cerdeño, V, Noctor, SC (2016) Cortical Evolution 2015: Discussion on neural progenitor cell nomenclature. Journal of Comparative Neurology. Feb 15;524(3):704-9.

    Martínez-Cerdeño, V, Cunningham, C, Camacho, J, Keiter, J, Ariza, J, Lovern, M, Noctor, SC. (2016) Evolutionary origin of Tbr2-expressing precursor cells and the subventricular zone in the developing cortex. Journal of Comparative Neurology. Feb 15;524(3):433-47.

    Martínez-Cerdeño V, Camacho J, Fox E, Miller E, Ariza J, Kienzle D, Plank K, Noctor S, and Van de Water J (printed 2016 (online 2014). Prenatal exposure to autism-specific maternal autoantibodies alters proliferation of cortical neural precursor cells, enlarges brain, and increases neuronal size in adult animals. Cerebral Cortex.

    Martínez-Cerdeño V, Lechpammer M, Lott A, Schneider A, Hagerman R  (2015) Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome in a Man in His 30s. JAMA Neurol. Sep 1;72(9):1070-3.

    Kim E, Camacho J, Combs Z, Ariza J, Lechpammer M, Noctor S, Martínez Cerdeño V (2015) Preliminary findings suggest the number and volume of supragranular to infragranular pyramidal neurons are similar in the anterior superior temporal area of control subjects and subjects with autism. Neurosci Lett. Mar 4;589:98-103.

    McDonough A, Monterrubio AM, Ariza J, Martínez Cerdeño V (2015) Calibrated forceps model of compression spinal cord injury. JoVE. Apr 24;(98).

    Clinton BK, Cunningham CL, Kriegstein AR, Noctor SC, and Martínez Cerdeño V (2014) Radial Glia are Proliferative in the Ventricular Zone of the Embryonic and Adult Turtle, Trachemys scripta elegans. Neurogenesis. 1:1, 1-13.

    Ariza J, Steward C, Rueckert F, Widdison M, Coffman R, Afjei A, Noctor S, Hagerman R, Hagerman, Martínez-Cerdeño V (2014) Dysregulated iron metabolism in the choroid plexus in fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome. Brain Research. Dec 8. 

    Martínez Cerdeño V and Noctor SC (2014) Cajal, Retzius, and Cajal-Retzius cells. Frontiers in Neuroanat. 17; 8:48.

    Camacho J, Ejaz E, Ariza J, Noctor SC, Martínez-Cerdeño V (2014) RELN-expressing neuron density in layer I of the superior temporal lobe is similar in human brains with autism and in age-matched controls. Neurosci Lett. 579:163-7.

    Camacho J, Jones K, Miller E, Ariza J, Noctor SC, Van de Water J, Martínez Cerdeño V (2014) Embryonic intraventricular exposure to autism-specific maternal autoantibodies produces alterations in autism-like stereotypical behaviors in offspring mice.  Behavioural Brain Research. 266:46-51.