Ana Olariu

Ana Olariu, Ph.D.

Scientific Review Officer
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Dr. Ana Olariu joined the Scientific Review Branch at the NINDS in 2016. She serves as Scientific Review Officer (SRO) for Special Emphasis Panels (SEPs) which review basic science and clinical trials applications. One of her recurring SEPs reviewed research applications submitted in response to the program announcement “Rapid assessment of Zika Virus (ZIKV) complications”. Dr. Olariu received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, followed by a Master’s degree in Biology at Bucharest University in Romania. She returned to the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi where she obtained her Ph.D. in Animal Physiology (Neuroimmunology) and held an academic position as Lecturer at the Faculty of Biology. She trained and conducted research in the physiology of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. After a research fellowship at Nagoya University in Japan where she investigated learning and memory impairment in animal models of the Alzheimer’s disease, she continued her postdoctoral training at the NIH (NICHD and NIMH). At the NIMH she worked with Dr. Heather Cameron on the role of the adult neurogenesis in learning and memory. She then followed her interest in neural stem cells and pursued a position within the Cell and Gene Therapy Center at the UMDNJ where she researched on a transplant strategy using neural stem cells for Canavan disease. Prior to joining the NINDS, she worked in private industry with emphasis on therapeutics targeted to memory improvement in neurodegenerative diseases, and in clinical research with focus on clinical development of drugs and biologics. Dr. Olariu’s scientific expertise encompasses learning and memory, adult neurogenesis, neural stem cells, neuroimmunology, rare diseases and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease).