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Maria Shock

Faculty of Science

University of British Columbia

Maria is an undergraduate pursuing her BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. She is a research assistant in the Soma Lab and is particularly interested in investigating the roles of estrogens in social behaviour. Maria is currently assisting Cecilia Jalabert with her PhD project investigating local sex steroid synthesis in the brain. Maria is currently developing an ultra-sensitive method for quantification of a panel of six estrogens (including 17beta-estradiol, 17alpha-estradiol, estrone, estriol, 2-methoxyestrogen, and 4-methoxyestrogen) using chemical derivatization and LC-MS/MS. The aim of her research is to develop a novel technique  that will have wide ranging applications for basic research and clinal settings, including estrogen measurement in animal models and human samples with low estrogen levels, such as those from post-menopausal women, women receiving aromatase inhibitor treatment for breast cancer, men and children.