Mazia G. Zhvania
Senior Investigator, Non-Resident Member

Ilia State University and Ivane Beritashvili Center of Experimental Biomedicine, Tbilisi, Georgia

PhD, ScD. Neurobiologist, Cell Biologist and Microscopy Imaging Specialist. BS in Biological Sciences from Tbilisi State University; MS in Cytology & Histology from Tbilisi State University; PhD in Cell Biology from Institute of Brain, Medical Academy of Science, Moscow; ScD from Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Professor at Ilia State University (2009-pr) and the Head of Laboratory of Brain Ultrastructure and Nanoarchitecture, Ivane Beritashvili Center of Experimental Biomedicine (from 2012). Head of Doctoral Program “Cellular Neuroscience” at Ilia State University. Invited professor in several universities in Georgia (2010-2017). President of Georgian Neuroscience Association, Board member of Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), President of Sigma Xi Georgian Chapter, Member of a number of international scientific professional societies and organizations. Author of more than 80 scientific articles and presenter at more than 120 international scientific conferences, symposiums and congresses. Organizer of five international scientific symposiums regarding various aspects of neuroplasticity and more than fifteen international congresses/symposiums regarding Science Education. Member of the Editorial Boards of three scientific journals. Several scientific grants funded by national and international scientific foundation. Master courses in Functional Neuroanatomy and Introduction to Nanomedicine and NanoEngineering. Bachelor course in Cell Biology. Numerous undergraduate students at Ilia State University

Prof. Zhvania’s research is currently focused on: 1. High intensity chronic noise-related changes in brain including the neuronal porosome and associated behaviors, utilizing molecular biology and super-resolution microscopy and multimodal imaging approaches. 2. Age-related changes in brain: both structural, biochemical and behavioral, using super-resolution microscopy approaches. 3. The effects of different pathological and physiological conditions on neurotransmission: using microscopy and molecular biological approaches, and 4. Experimental epilepsy model used to understand the disease.