Maria Erecinska, MD, PhD

Emeritus Professor

Research Interests

My research interests centre on energy metabolism in a broad sense, with a special emphasis on the brain, in both adult and immature mammals. The results of these studies are relevant to a number of pathological states/situations such as stroke and shock, as well as to perinatal brain damage. Changes in energy metabolism are also hallmarks of cerebral neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases.

Current Projects

My current “projects” are of 2 types: i) discussion of results and help with writing scientific papers. This is not only done “locally” but also with colleagues and students abroad (USA, Japan); ii) reviewing papers for international journals and evaluation of grants.


During the several past years I have tutored individual veterinary students in Biochemistry; all passed their examinations. I enjoy enormously doing this because I have a long and extensive experience in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate level (medical and graduate students), which I acquired during many years as a senior faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine (Philadelphia, USA).


My cv contains over 250 original papers: most are in highly regarded journals (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., J. Biol. Chem., J. Neurosci. etc) . A list of my latest invited reviews is shown below.

  • Erecinska, M., Thoresen, M. and Silver, I.A. (2003) Effects of hypothermia on energy metabolism in mammalian central nervous system. J. Cereb. Blood Flow Metab. 23: 513-530.
  • Erecinska, M., Cherian , S. and Silver, I.A. (2004) Energy metabolism in mammalian brain during development. Prog. Neurobiol. 73: 397-445.
  • Erecinska, M., Cherian, S. and Silver, I.A. (2005) Brain development and susceptibility to damage: ion levels and movements. 69:139-186.

Recent awards

In 2006 I was awarded the Roy and Sherington Award “in recognition of her life-long and outstanding contributions to science”.

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