First and second degrees in Mathematics at the Technion.
PhD in Mathematics at Princeton university, USA.
Participated in the Technion Excellence Program: 1994 – 1996.
During her studies in the program Maria took advanced courses in mathematics.
During the course of her second degree she did research on "Systems of Disjoint Representatives for Families of Hypergraphs", under the guidance of Prof. Ron Aharoni from the Mathematics Faculty.
Today (2012): Associate professor at Columbia University in New York.
2012: MacArthur Fellowship for talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.