My name is Maya Gosztyla and I’m the creator of AlzScience. I’m a recent graduate of the Ohio State University, where I earned my B.S. double-majoring in Neuroscience and Molecular Genetics. My passion for Alzheimer’s disease began at a young age, when my grandma was diagnosed with vascular dementia following a stroke and passed away several years later. It struck me as a particularly tragic way to die, robbed of the precious memories that she’d spent a lifetime acquiring and left with no knowledge of her family or past. I knew that I wanted to understand the brain so that I could prevent this from happening to others.
When I came to OSU and began taking neuroscience classes, I was shocked to learn that Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. The more I learned about the science of the disease, the more my curiosity and my desire to help find a cure grew, and I decided that I wanted to devote my career to studying Alzheimer’s disease. I am still early on my journey to becoming a neuroscientist, but I get a little closer every day.
I currently work in a lab at the National Institutes of Health, where I’m researching a rare neurodegenerative disorder called Niemann-Pick Disease. In the future, my goal is to earn my PhD and go on to study Alzheimer’s and other dementias at a research institution. I’m particularly interested in understanding how factors like microbial infection and epigenetic regulation can affect disease pathogenesis. In addition to my love of research, I also have a passion for science writing and hope to continue educating the public about the ways we can keep our brains healthy as we age.
More details on my background can be found on my personal website or my LinkedIn page. I also do freelance work as a science writer, so if you’re looking for someone to help your lab or company communicate complex science to the public, check out my profile on Upwork!