Dr. Cuello's Research Laboratory

 

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill University
 

 

Lab Group


M. Florencia Iulita

Hometown:

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

Education:

  • I obtained my Undergraduate degree in Biotechnology at the National University of Quilmes in 2007 (Buenos Aires, Argentina), specializing in Molecular Genetics. Before joining McGill in January 2009, I worked one year in the field of Parasitology in Buenos Aires, where I gained experience in cell culture. I was studying Chagas' disease, an endemic condition in Latin America.

Research Interests:

  • Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease progression, Down`s syndrome, biomarkers, growth factors

Current projects:

  • Presently I am in the 5th year of the PhD program. My research interests focus on the early pre-symptomatic stages of Alzheimer`s disease and its onset in Down's syndrome. My goal is ultimately to identify potential new biomarker candidates to distinguish the transition from healthy aging to early MCI / AD.

    I am particularly interested in nerve growth factor metabolism and its deregulation in neurodegenerative diseases.

  • During the period from 2011-2012 I volunteered at the Saturday Activity Center from the Alzheimer Society of Montreal, where I helped to engage AD patients in stimulating body and brain activities.

  •  My studies in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics are currently supported by a 3-year Biomedical Doctoral Award from the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Extracurricular Interests and Activities:

  • learning foreign languages

  • traveling

  • Essentrics, cycling

  • healthy eating, cooking

  • outdoor activities

 

Contact information: florencia.iulita@mail.mcgill.ca