Dr Silva Katušić Hećimović completed her PhD in Human Genetics at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute / Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2000. Since 2009 and 2013 respectively, she has been Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Neuropharmacology and a Senior Research Associate in the Division of Molecular Medicine, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia. Her research interests include neurodegeneration, molecular and cell biology of Alzheimer's disease, molecular links between Alzheimer's and Niemann-Pick Type C disease, the role of vesicular mistrafficking in neurodegenerative disorders, in particular of lysosomal and retromer dysfunction, and the role of altered lipid metabolism in neurodegenerative disorders.
The mission of the Laboratory for Neurodegenerative Disease Research is to discover the fundamental mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and to translate new understandings into prevention, diagnosis and treatments. The Laboratory combines independent and collaborative research between molecular and cellular neuroscience, the use of animal models and the biomarker research. The Laboratory for Neurodegenerative Disease Research aims to perform a competitive and internationally recognized research. Hence, our goal is to achieve high scientific impact, continuous training of the researchers and intensive national and international collaboration.The main research areas consist in the study of Molecular mechanism(s) of Alzheimer’s disease, in particular the role of lipids in the disease pathogenesis, and Lipid biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease.