M. (Marta) Cerina

Junior researcher Marta Cerina 
Building: Technohal, Room: TL 3384
E-mail: m.cerina@utwente.nl
Phone: +31 (0)53 489 1116


My name is Marta and I was born in Italy in 1997. As far as my memory goes I’ve always been fascinated by all questions concerning how life in this world work, from molecular structures to the most complicated biological systems.  

In 2019 I achieved my bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Milano Bicocca and I decided to continue my master’s degree studies in Biology there. During the years of university I’ve had the opportunity to study so many different subjects and I really enjoyed all of them. During my third year of bachelor’s I attended a course of human physiology and one topic caught my attention: electrophysiology, which is how cells use ionic currents to communicate in our brain and make our heart beat. I was sure I found my cup of tea. I did an internship in cardiac physiology for my bachelor thesis and I’m now in the CNPH group of University of Twente to do an internship in neurophysiology for my master thesis.



I think the brain is one the most mysterious and fascinating objects of study in Biology. I’m fascinated by how our neurons are connected and use electric signals to communicate with each other developing such complicated networks that make us perceive the world, move, think and elaborate emotions. I’m interested in understanding how the brain works and how we can use our knowledge to develop therapies for neurodegenerative diseases and brain injuries. I’m now working for my master thesis on human in vitro model of ischemic stroke and new strategies to treat patients after stroke.