DCSIMG

Dr. Mary Beth Spina

Assistant Professor
Email: spinam@centenarycollege.edu

Academic Accomplishments

  • B.S.,Smth College, 1983
  • Ph.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1989

Biography

Dr. Spina has a BS in Physiological Psychology from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  Before beginning her doctoral studies she worked in a research lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering .  Her doctoral research focused on the effect of oxidative stress on brain cells in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s disease and ALS.  Dr. Spina did her postdoctoral work at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company which, at the time focused on nerve growth factors and their ability to regenerate nerve cells. After a break from her career to raise her children, Dr. Spina joined the faculty at Centenary as an adjunct professor teaching Biochemistry, Basic Chemistry and General Chemistry. In the fall of 2012, she was hired as an assistant professor in the Math and Natural Sciences Department.

Published Works

ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Protects Dopaminergic Cells From 6-Hydroxydopamine Toxicity, 1992

JOURNAL OF NEUROCHEMISTRY
Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Protects Dopamine Cells From 6-Hydroxydopmaine Toxicity And N-Methyl-4-Phenylpyridinium Ion Toxicity: Involvement Of The Glutathione System, 1992

ANNALS OF NEUROLOGY
Deprenyl suppresses the Oxidant Stress Associated with Increased Dopamine Turnover,  1989

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE 
Dopamine turnover and glutathione oxidation: Implications for
Parkinson disease, 1989

THE JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY AND EXPERIMENTAL THERAPEUTICS
Exposure Of Striatal Synaptosomes To L-Dopa Increases Levels Of Oxidized Glutathione, 1988
 

 

Dr. Mary Beth Spina