Maria P. Limberis, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania


What is your current professional status?

Research Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania;  Research Director, Infectious/Chem/Biodefense, Gene Therapy Program; Director, Program of Excellence in Cystic Fibrosis, Orphan Disease Center.

What is your work setting?

Academic Institution

What is your scientific area of research?

My research is focused on engineering AAV-based prophylaxis for airborne infectious diseases that include influenza, and developing AAV vectors for the treatment of airway genetic diseases, with an emphasis on cystic fibrosis.

Why do you want to be a mentor?

I greatly benefited from having mentors early in my career and I would like to pass on invaluable advice to junior scientists as they embark on their career paths.

As a mentor, what are you hoping to gain from this experience?

It is rewarding to see the development of young scientists into the next leaders of our field.  

How important are the following in the selection of a mentee: (1 – 5 scale, 1 = most important, 5 = least important)

  • Compatibility of Scientific Specialties: 3
  • Geographic Location: 3
  • Professional Status / Success: 3
  • Compatibility of Career Path: 5 (least)
  • Communication Style: 2

Provide a biography that describes who you are and what you do in the field of gene and/or cell therapy.

Maria P. Limberis, PhD is a Research Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Research Director, Cystic Fibrosis and Infectious Diseases at the Gene Therapy Program. At the Orphan Disease Center she is Director, Program of Excellence in Cystic Fibrosis. Maria has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from Liverpool John Moores University, and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Adelaide. Maria joined the Gene Therapy Program as a post-doctoral researcher in 2003 working on cystic fibrosis. Her current research is focused on engineering AAV-based prophylaxis for airborne infectious diseases that include influenza, and developing AAV vectors for treatment of airway genetic diseases. Maria is President of the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia and chair of the Respiratory and GI Tract Committee of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy. Maria has more than 40 scientific publications, a book chapter, and is co-inventor on five patent applications.

2020

23rd Annual Meeting

May 12-15 | Boston