Journal of Regenerative Medicine ISSN: 2325-9620

Maria D. Mayan

Maria D. Mayan
Division of Rheumatology
Biomedical Research Center (INIBIC), Spain

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María was born in Porto do Son, A Coruña. She earned her bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) in 2000 and her PhD in biology from Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in 2006, where she worked at the Center for Biological Research of CSIC (CIB) in the group led by Professor Bernardo Schvartzman. Before starting the PhD, she worked for 3 years in the group headed by Dr. Felix Camiña and Professor Santiago Rodriguez Segade at the University of Santiago de Compostela (1999-2002). She had two postdoctoral positions in London, at the Imperial College London and Clinical Sciences Centre (CSC) in groups headed by Professor Richard Festenstein and Professor Luis Aragon. The results of the research Dr. Mayán conducted during her first postdoctoral position led to the discovery of the transcriptional regulation of the frataxin gene using primary lymphocytes from healthy individuals and patients with ataxia. The results will likely lead to the development of new therapeutic targets for Friedreich's ataxia. During her second postdoctoral position, she investigated the function of transcription and RNA Polymerase II on nuclear architecture, chromosome segregation and DNA replication. She now leads the Cartilage Biology Research Group. In January 2010, she joined the Division of Rheumatology, coordinated by Dr. Francisco Blanco, under the Isidro Parga Pondal research program from Xunta de Galicia.

Research Interest

Her research is focused on the study of the physiopathology and molecular mechanisms responsible for the development of osteoarthritis. Her research group has obtained novel results crucial to understanding the physiology of articular chondrocytes in cartilage, which will help to explain the physiopathology of cartilage-related diseases.


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