Magda’s doctoral dissertation work in the laboratory of Professor Kristy Townsend at University of Maine involved the study of peripheral nerves that mediate communication between the brain and adipose tissues. Magda’s work included the discovery that adipose tissue undergoes peripheral neuropathy (dying-back of the nerves) under certain pathophysiological conditions, as well as evidence that interventions such as exercise and cold exposure promoted neurite outgrowth and neural plasticity in adipose. In addition, her work included lipidomics, transgenic mouse models to explore neuroimmune interactions in adipose tissues, neuroanatomy of peripheral nerves, and interactions between nerves, vasculature and the lymphatic system.
Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Magda worked for nearly a decade in the biotech industry, in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied art. In 2018, Magda co-founded the start-up company Neuright, Inc. an academic spin-off from the University of Maine that is focused on creating and commercializing a novel medical device for the early, sensitive diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy.