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Marta Margeta


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Dr. Marta Margeta is a neuropathologist, a specialist in examining tissues from the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and skeletal muscles to help diagnose neurological diseases.

In her research, Margeta aims to improve the diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders. Her lab works to clarify how the response to cellular stress contributes to skeletal muscle health and disease.

Margeta earned her medical degree from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in Croatia. She completed a doctorate in neuropharmacology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At UCSF, she completed further research training in neuroscience, a residency in pathology and a fellowship in neuropathology.

Margeta is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, American Association of Neuropathologists, World Muscle Society, Group for Research in Pathology Education and Association of Pathology Chairs' section focusing on undergraduate medical education. At UCSF, she is a member of the Precision Medicine in Rheumatology Center and Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine.

Margeta is passionate about increasing the number of women in biomedical research, medicine and academia. Every year, she sponsors a Day With a Scientist Award for a local math and science conference, with the goal of exposing middle and high school girls to careers in science.

  • Education

    University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD, Pharmacology, 1996

    University of Zagreb School of Medicine, 1991

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Pathology, 2003

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Neuropathology, 2005

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I love being a neuropathologist because the skills I honed as a laboratory scientist now directly benefit my patients.