Meet UNMC New Investigator Elena Batrakova, Ph.D.

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Elena Batrakova, Ph.D.
UNMC researcher Elena Batrakova, Ph.D., answers questions about her work, life and interests.

NOTE: This profile is part of a series highlighting the 23 researchers who will be honored at an April 6 ceremony for UNMC's 2009 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.

  • Name: Elena Batrakova
  • Title: Assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences
  • Joined UNMC: 1995
  • Hometown: Moscow

Describe your research in laymen's terms.

The main goal is to develop a new, targeted cell-mediated drug delivery system for therapy of neurodegenerative disorders.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?

Successful delivery of therapeutic polypeptides across the blood brain barrier will attenuate neuroinflammation and produce neuroprotection in patients with Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer disease.

Beyond grant funding, how do you measure success?

How passionate the person is about his or her research.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I love photography.
  • I love to travel.
  • I believe that life is fair.