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Mattea Finelli

Postdoctoral Research Scientist



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 proteins related to Oxr1, all sharing a highly conserved TLDc domain.

I was recently awarded a Johnson & Johnson Innovation Junior Research Fellowship in Neuroscience related to Medicine from St Edmund Hall and the top Goodger and Schorstein Scholarship.

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