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Ms Aleksandra Pitera MPharm

Postgraduate Research Student in Neuroscience

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Aleksandra Pitera is a Postgraduate Research Student in Neuroscience within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Academic Qualifications

2016-present: PhD Studentship, University of Southampton, UK.
2010-2016: Master of Pharmacy, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland.

Research interests

Neurodegenerative diseases are associated with progressive loss of nerve cells. However, death of neurons occurs at relatively late stage of disease so this is crucial to understand how the preceding events influence the cell’s function.

I am using in vivo and in vitro models to investigate whether malfunctioning of tau protein induces any cellular responses that lead to or prevent the neuron’s progressive dysfunction. There are different responses that can be activated upon exposure to cellular stresses and they might be seen early during disease. Identifying them could help to develop new potential treatments acting at the first stages of the disease.

Phd Supervisor: Dr Katrin Deinhardt & Professor Vincent O’Connor
Phd Research: Investigating neuronal injury responses in tau-mediated neuronal degeneration.
Funding: Alzheimer’s Society

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Affiliate research group

Southampton Neuroscience Group (SoNG)

Professional Responsibilities and Memberships

Member of the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)
BNA Local Group Student Representative
Member of the Biochemical Society


BIOL2016 Pharmacology A
BIOL2017 Pharmacology B

Ms Aleksandra Pitera
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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