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Research groups

Mattéa Finelli

Postdoctoral Research Assistant


University of Oxford, 2007-2010, D.Phil. in Neurosciences (2010)

Imperial College, London, 2006-2007, M.Sc. in Biomedical Research (2007)

University of Biological Engineering, SupAgro, Montpellier, France, 2004-2007, M.Sc. in Bioengineering (2007)

research interests

My main research interest is to understand the cellular mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative disorders.

I completed my D.Phil. project in Prof Kay Davies' group where I dissected the mechanisms underlying death of specific neurons in two mouse models of movement disorders. In particular, I studied the novel mitochondrial oxidative resistance (Oxr1) gene and its role in neuronal survival and its protective effect against oxidative stress.

During my first postdoc at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City in Dr Jenny Zou's laboratory (2011-2013), I used a translational approach to study another neurological condition: I developed and tested a possible therapeutic strategy to induce severed adult neurons to regenerate after a spinal cord injury.

For my second postdoc in Dr Peter Oliver's laboratory, I am investigating the function of a family of neuroprotective proteins related to Oxr1, all sharing a highly conserved TLDc domain.


John Fell Research Fund, Jan 2017-Dec 2017:

University of Oxford (£7,470), main grantholder, “Investigating the role of protein S-nitrosylation in neurodegeneration”


Goodger and Schorstein Scholarship Postdoctoral Researchers in Medical Sciences, March 2016 – December 2016:

University of Oxford (£20,133), main grantholder, “Investigating the transcriptional function of the novel nuclear receptor coregulator Ncoa7”


Johnson & Johnson Innovation Junior Research Fellowship in Neuroscience related to Medicine, July 2015-Oct 2018:

St Edmund College, University of Oxford, (£3,000 pa, covering books, travel, and computer)


Medical Research Council 3-year Research Studentship, Oct 2007- Oct 2010:

Functional Genomics Unit, University of Oxford, (£5,187 pa, covering tuition fees)

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