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Miss Mercedes Beyna BA, MSc

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Miss Mercedes Beyna is a postgraduate research student within the School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton.

Master of Science (MSc.), Biology, New York University, New York, NY, USA, 2005

Bachelor of Arts (BA.), Biology, SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, USA, 1998

Research interests

In the context of neurodegenerative diseases, scientists typically point to distinct populations of neurons that are dying. What is it about certain types of neurons that causes them to be especially vulnerable to death? Do they share a common mechanism of cell death? This is the enigma that keeps me at the laboratory bench. I am interested in the molecular determinants of neurodegenerative cell death. The hope is a clearer understanding of these processes will boost the field’s ability to, conversely, find ways of keeping neurons alive and healthy; knowledge that can ultimately contribute to making medicines that slow or prevent neurodegenerative conditions. I’m particularly interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying ApoE4-mediated neuronal vulnerability.

Research project: Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying ApoE4-mediated neuronal vulnerability. Biogen.


Dr Katrin Deinhardt
Professor Vincent O'Connor

Funding: Miix of Biogen and self-funded

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Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying ApoE4-mediated neuronal vulnerability

Scientist, Neurodegeneration Research Unit, Biogen, Inc, Cambridge, MA, USA

Membership of:

  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
  • New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)
  • Biochemical Pharmacology Discussion Group (BPDG) steering committee (Biogen lead)
  • Women in the Enterprise of Science & Technology (WEST)
Miss Mercedes Beyna
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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