Maria TrakaDepartment of Neurology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA F1000 Associate Faculty Member (since 05 January 2011)
Maria Traka is an Associate Faculty Member who works with Faculty Member Brian Popko to recommend the scientific literature in their field.ACADEMIC POSITION:
Maria Traka is a Research Associate and Assistant Professor at the Department of Neurology (lab of Dr Brian Popko) in University of Chicago
Dr Traka has a BS in Biology and an MSc and PhD in Basic Neurosciences from the University of Crete in Greece.
Her research focus is in developing the DT-A (diphtheria toxin-A chain fragment) mouse model that is currently being used to induce adult-onset ablation of oligodendrocytes and subsequent demyelination throughout the central nervous system (CNS). This mouse model demonstrates that CNS has a robust capacity to remyelinate. Also, she employs a forward genetics approach that helps identify new mouse models that can be used to assess the efficacy of therapeutic interventions in CNS neurodegenerative diseases.
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