Maria Carolina Gallego-Iradi, Ph.D.

gallego-iradi-maria-carolina_revAssistant Scientist

Department of Neuroscience
Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease
1275 Center Drive
PO Box 100159
Gainesville, FL 32610-0159

Email: mc.gallego.iradi@ufl.edu
Lab Phone: 352-294-5159

EDUCATION:

2014-2016 Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Neuroscience
Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease, Gainesville, FL
2012-2014 Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Neurology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2002-2005 Ph.D.(with honors)
(Genetics and Development)
Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
2000-2003 Masters (with honors)
(Waste Management)
Universidad Internacional de Andalucia, Spain
1993-1999 BSc. (with honors)
(Marine Biology)
Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela

Research Summary:

My research is focused on understanding the molecular processes by which specific mutant proteins adopt disease-specific conformations and to define the mechanisms by which these altered proteins lead to the dysfunction and death of specific populations of nerve cells.  This work involves in vitro models, in which the introduction of mutant human genes elicits a disorder that resembles the human disease by examining the effect of mutations on the function and biology of the mutated proteins. Collectively, these approaches provide insight into the molecular mechanisms of disease and have the potential to identify new therapeutic strategies for these disorders. I am working on Matrin3, a relatively new discovered RNA- and DNA-binding protein that interacts with TDP-43, a disease protein linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia and Distal Myopathy. I seek to determine the function of Matrin3 normal, and mutant protein to understand the effect of mutations on cellular function and to do this, I use a wide range of approaches that encompass biology, chemistry and genetics; including CRISPR technology.

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