Maitane Ortiz-Virumbrales, PhD
Senior Scientist, Cell Therapies at Takeda, Spain
2014 NYSCF – Druckenmiller Alumna
PhD, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
Postdoctoral Training, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Ortiz-Virumbrales’ research focused on a particular type of brain cells whose degeneration contributes to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease patients. She created a stem cell-based model using these specific brain cells and recreated conditions found in either a healthy brain or one affected by Alzheimer’s disease. She employed this model system to investigate the effects of one specific gene mutation, working to identify specific targets for drug treatments. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Mount Sinai in Dr. Samuel Gandy’s lab.