Dr. Janaina Espinosa Teixeira

Dr. Teixeira has a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, a master’s degree in Neuroscience and received her PhD in Biochemistry from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. During her PhD studies, Dr. Teixeira described the up-regulation of the adenosine A2A receptors in the hippocampus of a rat model of Alzheimer’s disease; also, she demonstrated the ability of caffeine to prevent the cognitive impairment in that model. She then moved to Boston and joined the team of Dr. David Simon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a postdoctoral fellow to study the mechanisms of neurodegeneration and potential neuroprotective strategies in Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Her current project focuses on testing the hypothesis that the accumulation of somatic mitochondrial DNA mutations in the brain contributes to the pathogenesis of PD, and may lead to novel strategies to slow the progression of PD.

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