NHMRC Grant-Funded Researcher (A)
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Maria is a post-doctoral researcher in Dr. Danny Wilson's research lab on malaria biology, at the University of Adelaide. Single cell parasites such as Plasmodium spp. and Toxoplasma gondii are leading causes of disease, malaria and toxoplasmosis respectively. Malaria causes >500,000 deaths per year with children under five most at risk, and at least a third of the world’s population is estimated to be infected with the food- and water-borne zoonotic Toxoplasma parasites that can cause severe disease during pregnancy. Maria's research is focused on developing novel therapeutics to treat these parasitic diseases in humans and in livestock.
Maria graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) degree, majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology/Immunology, and an Honours degree in Health Sciences (First Class Honours), followed by a PhD in Medicine, within the Stroke Research Programme. Her PhD research focussed on the neurogenic potential of human dental pulp stem cells; potential candidates for cell-based therapies for treatment of neurological diseases. Her dissertation examined the ability to reprogram human dental pulp stem cells along the neural lineage using specific transcription factors and culture conditions, to enhance their neurogenic capacity, including their ability to replace lost neural cells.
Date Position Institution name 2020 - ongoing Academic Researcher The University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2020 Award Florey Postgraduate Research Conference Peter Couche Foundation Prize The University of Adelaide Australia - 2020 Award Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Travel Grant Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Germany - 2019 Award South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Annual Scientific Meeting Poster Session PhD Researcher Prize South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Australia - 2016 Scholarship Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship Australian Government Australia - 2014 Scholarship Australian Neurology Research Summer Scholarship The Hospital Research Foundation Australia - 2014 Achievement Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award The University of Adelaide Australia - 2013 Achievement Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award The University of Adelaide Australia - 2012 Achievement Faculty of Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award The University of Adelaide Australia - 2012 Award The University of Adelaide Principals’ Scholarship Award The University of Adelaide Australia -
Language Competency Bulgarian Can read, write, speak and understand spoken English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2016 - 2021 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD in Medicine 2015 - 2015 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours 2012 - 2014 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Co-Supervisor Characterisation of novel drugs with therapeutic potential against the pathogenic parasites malaria and Toxoplasma gondii Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Emma Yuxin Mao
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Neuroscience Research Placement The University of Adelaide HLTH SC 3010 A and B Research Placement (Neuroscience Major) Other - Emily Squires and Miriam Dodd
Date Role Membership Country 2019 - 2020 Member Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) Australia 2018 - ongoing Member International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) - 2015 - 2017 Member Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Australia 2012 - ongoing Member Golden Key International Honour Society Australia
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2016 - 2016 World Stroke Organisation - - -
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