Maria Górna served on the Board of MCAA in 2018-2020. Maria obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (EU FP6), after which she worked 5 years as a postdoctoral fellow at CeMM in Vienna. In 2015, she returned to her homeland Poland with a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship and founded her own research group in structural biology at the University of Warsaw.
Maria’s research interest is in using three-dimensional models of proteins to explain or design protein function, with implications for drug discovery and health diagnostics. She works part-time on brain cancer drugs for WPD Pharmaceuticals, a new Polish biotech company. Maria is a laureate of the EMBO Installation Grant, Fulbright STEM Impact Award and several national funding programmes (FIRST TEAM, the Foundation for Polish Science; LIDER, the National Research and Development Centre, Poland; SONATA, the National Science Centre, Poland; Fellowship for Oustanding Young Scientists, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland).