Welcome Marina Bluma!
New postdoc at NVS.
What is your mission at NVS?/ What will you be working with?
My research will focus on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and employ molecular imaging with several PET tracers and fluid biomarkers; It will contribute to the field of early-stage diagnostics as well as to the better understanding of AD pathophysiology.
Which division will you be working at?
I will be working at the Division of Clinical Geriatrics.
What do you look forward to the most in your new position?
I look forward to acquiring new skills and knowledge while being a part of a multidisciplinary and collaborative team.
Where have you been active before and what have you done earlier?
In my PhD, I worked on resting-state EEG biomarkers of AD, and how these are related to cortical thinning. Being a Marie Curie fellow, I was very lucky to be able to visit other labs and research centers. Specifically, I got to spend time at the MarioNegri Institute in Milan, where I learned from Dr. Daniele Tolomeo about neuroimaging in small rodents (this led to a subproject on neuroanatomical trajectories in AD animal models). After that, I sneaked into the Computational Neuroimaging laboratory led by Prof. Mallar Chakravarty, where I spent the most invaluable time investigating the effects of deep brain stimulation on functional brain networks in AD mouse models (project interrupted by the COVID), and absorbing in fresh ideas. Through this experience, I learned a lot about methods for multimodal data fusion in neuroimaging, statistical modeling, and high-performance computing.
When you are not working, what do you do for recreation?
Gazillion things, but there are no specific hobbies I could think of.
Are you reading a book at the moment? Which one?
The kindly Ones by J. Little and The hounds of Riga by H. Mankell.
Tell us about the most beautiful place you have visited?
Baltic sea in the neverending dusk of the midnight sun.
What makes you happy?
As far as I know, oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin and endorphins.