Maria studied Biology at the University of Crete and received her M.Sc. in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience from the University of Tübingen, Germany. She is currently a PhD student at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (in collaboration with the University of Athens) and her research project focuses on the role of spinal interneurons in locomotion. Maria has participated in the demonstration of experiments for high school students, in graduate lectures and in the organization of Neuroscience seminar series. She joined the team of Athens Science Festival to share her enthusiasm for science with the great public.