Mariya is a biologist 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 doing a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience at the Balance and Vestibular Group (BAVG) at the Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK under the supervision of Dr. Barry Seemungal (Imperial College London) and Prof. James Rowe (Cambridge University). 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.