Biomedical sciences

Biomedical sciences


Host Department
Department of Biomedical Sciences



Research Topic A

Abstract of the proposed UNIPhD research project


One of the basic units that drive skeletal muscle contraction is the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), a site for motor neuron-muscle fibre interaction. Mitochondria fulfil metabolic requirements of skeletal muscle fibres and provide energy for neurotransmitters release by NMJ, triggering muscle contraction. Inactivity and ageing affect NMJ and mitochondria, leading to muscle wasting and weakness, lower quality of life and increased morbidity. Thus, the aim of my project is to investigate the effects of ageing and inactivity on the integrity of neuromuscular junctions and mitochondrial function.



Short bio

My name is Evgeniia Motanova. I have a BSc degree in cellular biology and histology and an MSc degree in space biomedical sciences, both acquired in Lomonosov Moscow State University. Currently I’m a PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. My research is focused on mitochondrial and neuromuscular junction alterations in inactivity and ageing.

Topic assigned to
Evgeniia Motanova


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