Marcelo Magnasco

Marcelo Osvaldo Magnasco

Current Position:Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience 
Current Address: The Rockefeller University,  
1230 York Avenue  
New York NY10021, U.S.A. 
Telephone: (212) 327 8542 (w) 7422  (f)
Email: mgnsclb at


March 1992 The University of Chicago: Ph.D. (Physics)
Thesis: Structure and Evolution of Cellular Patterns 
Advisor: Prof. Leo P. Kadanoff
August 1989 The University of Chicago: M.Sc. (Physics) 
March 1987 University of La Plata: Licenciado en Fisica


Aug 2003-Professor and Head of Lab, 
Rockefeller University
Jul 2002-Jul 2003 Research Scientist, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, UNESCO
Trieste, Italy. (On sabbatical leave of absence from RU)
Jan 1999-Jul 2003Associate Professor and Head of Lab  
Rockefeller University
Dec 1993-  Dec 1998Assistant Professor and Head of Lab, 
Rockefeller University
Jan 1992- Dec 1993Postdoctoral Fellow, Rockefeller University (under M. J. Feigenbaum) 
and Visiting Scientist, NEC Research Institute (under A. J. Libchaber and P. A. Wolff)
1991William Rayney Harper Dissertation Fellow (best PhD thesis in the Physical Sciences Division) and 
Sydney Bloomenthal Dissertation Fellow (best PhD thesis in the Physics Department) 
The University of Chicago
 Sep 1988- Dec 1991Research Assistant, (under L. P. Kadanoff), The James Frank Institute,  
Teaching Assistant, Kersten Physics Teaching Center 
The University of Chicago .

Thesis advised

  • Guillermo A. Cecchi. Towards a song code: representations of song in the canary brain. PhD thesis, Rockefeller University, 1999 
  • Yong Choe, The role of mechanotransduction in osmoreception and auditory amplification Ph. D.  thesis, Rockefeller University, April 2002. (co-advised; principal advisor Jim Hudspeth)
  • Mariano Sigman, How the brain learns and constructs the structure of the world. Ph. D. thesis, Rockefeller University, April 2002 (jointly advised with Charles Gilbert) 
  • Timothy Gardner, Vocal Analysis and Learning Mechanisms for Canary Song. Ph. D. thesis, Rockefeller University, Sept 2002
  • Maurizio Pellegrino, Deconstructing Insect Odorant Receptors, Ph. D. thesis (co-advised, principal advisor Leslie Vosshall), July 2010
  • Thibaud Taillefumier,  Random paths though neural coding. Ph. D. thesis, Rockefeller University, September 2011
  • Jacob Oppenheim
  • Akinori Ebihara
  • Matthew Dornfeld
  • Keith Hayton
  • Dimitrios Moirogiannis
  • Sean Woodward
  • Frank Tejera
  • (in progress) Bridig Maloney
  • (in progress) Mason Hargrave


Full list at Google Scholar. First page as of June 2024:

Forced thermal ratchets MO MagnascoPhysical Review Letters 71 (10), 147715521993
Humans can discriminate more than 1 trillion olfactory stimuli C Bushdid, MO Magnasco, LB Vosshall, A Keller Science 343 (6177), 1370-137210962014
Decay rates of human mRNAs: correlation with functional characteristics and sequence attributes E Yang, E van Nimwegen, M Zavolan, N Rajewsky, M Schroeder, …Genome research 13 (8), 1863-18727212003
Essential nonlinearities in hearing VM Eguíluz, M Ospeck, Y Choe, AJ Hudspeth, MO Magnasco Physical review letters 84 (22), 52324972000
Virtual gating and nuclear transport: the hole picture MP Rout, JD Aitchison, MO Magnasco, BT Chait Trends in cell biology 13 (12), 622-6284912003
Measurement of the persistence length of polymerized actin using fluorescence microscopy A Ott, M Magnasco, A Simon, A Libchaber Physical Review E 48 (3), R16424731993
On a common circle: Natural scenes and Gestalt rules M Sigman, GA Cecchi, CD Gilbert, MO Magnasco Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 98 (4), 1935-19403972001
Damage and fluctuations induce loops in optimal transport networks E Katifori, GJ Szöllősi, MO Magnasco Physical review letters 104 (4), 0487043792010
Solving the riddle of the bright mismatches: labeling and effective binding in oligonucleotide arrays F Naef, MO Magnasco Physical Review E 68 (1), 0119062752003
A model for amplification of hair-bundle motion by cyclical binding of Ca2+ to mechanoelectrical-transduction channels Y Choe, MO Magnasco, AJ Hudspeth Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 95 (26), 15321-153262531998
Molecular combustion motors MO Magnasco Physical review letters 72 (16), 26562451994
Absolute mRNA concentrations from sequence‐specific calibration of oligonucleotide arrays D Hekstra, AR Taussig, M Magnasco, F Naef Nucleic acids research 31 (7), 1962-19682182003
Toward a song code: evidence for a syllabic representation in the canary brain S Ribeiro, GA Cecchi, MO Magnasco, CV Mello Neuron 21 (2), 359-3711911998
Simple motor gestures for birdsongs T Gardner, G Cecchi, M Magnasco, R Laje, GB Mindlin Physical review letters 87 (20), 2081011682001
DNA hybridization to mismatched templates: a chip study F Naef, DA Lim, N Patil, M Magnasco Physical Review E 65 (4), 0409021652002
Chemical kinetics is Turing universal MO Magnasco Physical Review Letters 78 (6), 11901621997
Structure, scaling, and phase transition in the optimal transport network S Bohn, MO Magnasco Physical review letters 98 (8), 0887021552007
Sparse time-frequency representations TJ Gardner, MO Magnasco Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103 (16), 6094-6099 1442006
Unsupervised learning and adaptation in a model of adult neurogenesis GA Cecchi, LT Petreanu, A Alvarez-Buylla, MO Magnasco Journal of computational neuroscience 11, 175-1821432001
A kinetic proofreading mechanism for disentanglement of DNA by topoisomerases J Yan, MO Magnasco, JF Marko Nature 401 (6756), 932-9351361999