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Maria Paz Ramirez

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Maria stands in a black shirt with her hair down against a wall of windowsMaria is a BMBB Ph.D. candidate in the labs of James Ervasti and Wendy Gordon. She studies molecular forces in the context of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a lethal muscle wasting disease that affects 1 in 3500 boys. Maria is interested in scientific communication for scientists as well as for the general public, to take down the walls around science. Her hope is that communication and representation will lead to a more diverse scientific community and overall a more inclusive society, where scientific research is available for everyone.

A tale of stress and broken hearts

Researchers found that stress is a risk factor for a fatal muscle disease that may cause a decline of patients' health due to heart failure.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a fatal muscle wasting disease that affects 1 in 3,500 boys, totaling 620 baby boys born each year in the US.