Maya Gosztyla

Graduate Student (Ph.D.)
Biomedical Sciences
NSF Graduate Research Fellow; Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation Predoctoral Fellow
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B.S. Neuroscience and Molecular Genetics, The Ohio State University, 2018


Maya received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Molecular Genetics from the Ohio State University. Her honors thesis in Dr. Mark Seeger’s lab focused on polymorphic variants influencing axon guidance in a fruit fly model. She also spent a summer at Dr. Johannes Graff’s lab in Switzerland researching neuronal hyperactivity in an Alzheimer’s disease. After graduating, Maya joined the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) as an NIH Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, where she developed a high-throughput mass spectrometry-based assay to screen drug candidates for lipid storage diseases. Maya then moved to San Diego to join UCSD’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Her research in the Yeo lab focuses on developing RNA-targeted therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. In her free time, Maya enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching anime.


Gosztyla ML, Kwong L, Murray NA, Williams CE, Behnke N, Curry P, Corbett KD, DSouza KN, Gala de Pablo J, Gicobi J, Javidnia M, Lotay N, Madison Prescott S, Quinn JP, Rivera ZMG, Smith MA, Tang KTY, Venkat A, Yamoah MA (2021). Responses to 10 common criticisms of anti-racism action in STEMM. PLoS Computational Biology, 17(7): e1009141. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009141.

Wei Z, Fang Y, Gosztyla ML, Li A, Huang W, LeClair CA, Simeonov A, Tao D, Xia M (2021). A direct peptide reactivity assay using a high-throughput mass spectrometry screening platform for detection of skin sensitizers. Toxicology Letters, 338, 67-77. doi:10.1016/j.toxlet.2020.12.002.

Roth JS, Lee TD, Cheff DM, Gosztyla ML, Asawa R, Danchik C, Michael S, Simeonov S, Klumpp-Thomas C, Wilson K, Hall MD (2020). Keeping it clean: the cell culture quality control experience at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. SLAS Discovery, doi:10.1177/2472555220911451.

Baljinnyam B, Gosztyla ML, Ronzetti M, Simeonov A, Coussens NP (2020). Application of Fluorescence Technologies to High-Throughput Screening Assays. Wigglesworth M, Murray D, Holdgate G, Blackett CJ (Eds.), High-Throughput Screening: Methods, Techniques and Applications. Hauppauge, NY: NOVA Science Publishers, Inc.

Gosztyla ML (2020). Nutrition and Alzheimer’s Disease. Jadavji NM (Ed.), The Role of Nutrition During Aging: A Handbook for Nutritional Neuroscience. London, UK: Brain & Life Publishing.

Gosztyla ML, Brothers HM, Robinson SR (2018). Alzheimer’s Amyloid-ß is an Antimicrobial Peptide: A Review of the Evidence. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 62(4), 1495-1506.

Brothers HM, Gosztyla ML, Robinson SR (2018). The physiological roles of amyloid-ß peptide hint at new ways to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 10, 118.

Robinson SR, Brothers HM, Gosztyla ML (2018). Consequences of redefining Alzheimer’s disease in terms of amyloid burden without regard to cognitive impairment. Neural Regeneration Research, 13(12), 2098-2099.