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Maryanna Owoc, G4

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Research interest / current research work
My PhD work is focused on understanding the role of inhibition in the inferior colliculus (IC) after noise exposure. I am interested in characterizing the fate of transplanted embryonic medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) cells in the IC as a means to increase inhibition in naïve and noise-exposed mice.

Field of clinical interest

Undergrad institution
Worcester State University, Worcester Massachusetts

Type of News

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy baking, hiking with my dogs, running, and rock climbing. I like staying busy and active but sometimes curling up with a good book or binging a new show on Netflix after a long day in lab is nice too!

Did you do anything after undergrad before starting MSTP?
I took a gap year to work as a research assistant at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston and was an EMT on a ski mountain near my hometown.

What are you involved with at University of Pittsburgh?
Currently, I’m one of the co-chairs for the Women in Science and Medicine Association (WSMA) and am a member of the MSTP Diversity Committee and the Enhancing the Learning Environment At PittMed (ELEAP) Steering Committee. In the past I’ve been a co-chair on a number of MSTP committees including: hosting, welcoming, peer mentoring, and retreat planning. I’m also involved with several clinical research projects.

Fun fact
I was in a movie when I was 17 and am on IMDB.

Any pets?
I have two dogs, a black lab/German Shepard mix named Tiana, and a Pit bull named Charlotte. I also have a cat named Potato.