Mary Teena Joy


  • University College London (UCL), U.K., Ph.D., Neuroscience
  • VIT University, India, M.Sc., Biomedical Genetics
  • Fatima Mata National College (Kerala University), India, B.Sc., Biotechnology

Brief Biography:

I received my PhD in Neuroscience from University College London (UCL) where I trained with Dr. Patrick Anderson. My work focused on understanding molecular mechanisms that can be targeted for axonal regeneration in the injured spinal cord. Towards the end of my PhD, I became interested in projections upstream of the spinal cord, in the brain, where connections are more plastic. To further my understanding in reparative mechanisms in the brain, I undertook postdoctoral training with Dr. S.Thomas Carmichael at UCLA, where I studied molecular mechanisms that underlie plasticity during learning and memory as targets for stroke. In addition to molecular targets, I became interested in how neural circuits interact during movement, a domain that is compromised in stroke patients. For further training, I was awarded a visiting fellowship at Janelia, HHMI, where I worked with Dr. Adam Hantman, where I used a unique imaging platform to visualize and target circuit activity across multiple regions in the brain to determine how motor information is encoded in real-time in the normal brain. In my current lab, using a combination of techniques, we will determine how circuits re-organize after a stroke, how these re-organizational processes contribute to changes in motor function, molecular mechanisms that enhance plasticity in these circuits and therapeutic targets that can be clinically translated.


  • Rethinking Remapping: Circuit Mechanisms of Recovery after Stroke. Campos B., Choi H., DeMarco A., Seydell-Greenwald A., Hussain S., Joy M T, Turkeltaub P E, Zeiger W (2023) J. Neurosci. In press. (invited review, all authors contributed equally)
  • Activity-dependent Transcriptional Programs in Memory Regulate Motor Recovery after Stroke. Joy M T, Carmichael S T. (manuscript under review) 
  • Encouraging an excitable brain state: mechanisms of brain repair in stroke. Joy M T and Carmichael ST (2021). Nat Rev Neuroscience, 22, 38–53. 
  • Learning and stroke recovery: parallelism of biological substrates. Joy M T and Carmichael S T (2021). Semin Neurol. 41(2):147-156.
  • Chemokine receptors CCR5 and CXCR4 are new therapeutic targets for brain recovery following Traumatic
    Brain Injury. Liraz Zaltsman S., Friedman-Levi Y., Shabashov-Stone D, Gincberg G, Atrakcy-Baranes D, Joy M T.,
    Carmichael S T, Silva A, Shohami E (2021): J. Neurotrauma, 15;38(14):2003-2017.
  • CCR5 is a therapeutic target to stimulate recovery in stroke and traumatic brain injury.
    Joy M T, Assayag E, Shabashov-Stone D, Liraz-Zaltsman S, Thareja NS, Arenas M, Kilper E, Korczyn AD,
    Kesner E, Zhou M,Huang S, Silva T, Katz N, Bornstein N, Silva AJ, Shohami E, Carmichael ST (2019) Cell,
    Featured in:
    The Lancet Neurology: Recovery from brain injury: a surprising new drug target; Rosand, J., et. al. (2019).
    Nature Reviews Drug Discovery: Repurposing CCR5 inhibitors for stroke recovery; Villanueva, M.T. (2019)
    Science: HIV drug could improve recovery after stroke, Servick K. (2019)
  • Ischemic axonal injury up-regulates MARK4 in cortical neurons and primes tau phosphorylation and
    aggregation. Hayden EY; Putman J; Nunez S; Shin WS ; Oberoi M; Charreton M; Dutta S; Li Z; Komuro Y; Joy M T; Bitan G; MacKenzie-Graham A; Jiang L; Hinman JD (2019): Acta Neuropathologica Communications;

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