Miranda Mladinic (born on 12 July 1967, Zagreb, Croatia), B.Sc. in Molecular Biology (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Natural Science and Math, 1992), PhD in Biophysics (International School for Advanced Studies, SISSA, Trieste, Italy, 1997). ACTUAL POSITION: Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka, Croatia and Research Consultant, SPINAL (Spinal Person Injury Neurorehabilitation Applied Laboratory), SISSA, Department of Neuroscience, Trieste, Italy. AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Molecular Neurobiology, Spinal cord injury MAIN RESEARCH INTEREST: Regeneration of the mammalian CNS: Adult mammalian central nervous system (CNS) has little or no capacity for regeneration after injury in contrast to the peripheral or immature CNS. Molecular mechanisms underlying regeneration are studied during the brief critical period in development when the neonatal mammalian CNS (opossum, Monodelphis domestica) loses its capacity to regenerate, to pinpoint the molecules important for regeneration. Molecular mechanisms underlying cell death after spinal cord injury: A prerequisite to the development of effective mechanism-based therapies for spinal cord injury is a detailed understanding of the pathophysiological processes occurring during the acute and chronic phases. The vulnerability of different cells, the exact time-course of their degeneration, and the underlying molecular cell death pathways are studied in the in-vitro model of spinal cord injury.
Biography Updated on 10 March 2013