Mariya is a golden medallist in biological sciences with a M.Sc. in Biophysics and Molecular Biology from Sofia University, Bulgaria and a second M.Phil. in Biologically Inspired Robotics from Cambridge University, UK. After completing her Master's project at Cambridge, she spent some time as a graduate researcher at Harvard University, USA.
Currently, Mariya is a PhD candidate in Clinical Neuroscience at the Department of Brain Sciences (Division of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine) at Imperial College London, UK. Mariya is concentrating on vestibular perception, postural control and spatial orientation in patients with acute and chronic progressive affections of the central nervous system. She is using Virtual Reality (VR), 3D body tracking and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to learn more about the perception of balance and spatial orientation under vestibular guidance.
Mariya is also part of the ECR (Early Career Researchers Committee) of Imperial College London with a special desire to help for the well-being of other PhD students during their studies at Imperial.
Recent art work, 2021
Volunteering to support the COVID-19 testing effort, 2020
Art exhibition, 2020
Main Organizer of FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies) satellite event