Maura received her PhD in Biochemical Sciences from the University of Milan (Italy) where she studied the role of lysosomal dysfunction and plasma membrane sphingolipids in the onset of cell damage. In the Zurzolo group, Maura aims to understand how lysosomes transferred between cells through tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) contribute to the spreading of α-synuclein and to the neuronal damage in Parkinson’s disease. She is also interested in understanding the involvement of TNTs in the etiopathogenesis of Lysosomal Storage Disorders. In Paris, Maura collaborates with the non-profit organization “Native Scientist” to inspire ethnic minority pupils to pursue higher education and consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) careers. When not in the lab, Maura enjoys dancing salsa and directing theatre plays.
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