Maria Tereza Ferretti
I completed my Master in Pharmaceutical
Chemistry at University of Cagliari, Italy.
During my years of University, I spent
10 months in Spain (Valencia) as an exchange student
After University, I worked for 6 months
in the Centre of Excellence for Drug Discovery (CEDD) in
Psychiatry of Glaxo Smith and Klein (Harlow, UK).
I am currently a PhD student in Dr
Cuello’s lab, within the Graduate Program of the
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
My main interest is to elucidate early,
pathological events in the progression of the
Alzheimer’s disease (AD). To do so, I am currently
working with the transgenic mouse McGill-Thy1-APP, which
recapitulates most of the features of the amyloid-like
pathology. Using this model, I am studying the role of
neuroinflammation in the earliest stages of the Abeta
Characterization of a pro-inflammatory
process in young, pre-plaque McGill-Thy1-APP mice.
Effect of the anti-inflammatory drug
minocycline at early stages of Alzheimer-like amyloid
pathology in the McGill-Thy1-APP mouse model of AD.
(manuscript in preparation)
Optimization of an in-vitro system to
study the interactions between neurons and glia in the
context of intracellular Abeta pathology. (in progress)
Extracurricular Interests and Activities:
I am extremely fond of good books, good
movies and travels.
I practice Yoga on a current base, and I
occasionally play all sort of sports (winter sports,
squash, tennis, volleyball, swimming, climbing) for the
fun of it.
I am part of the Italian scientific
association CSIQ (Comunita’ scientifica italiana,