I study cell surface receptors that activate or inhibit the immune response. Particularly, I am interested in how novel splice isoforms of these regulators, participate in autoimmune disorders, such us SLE. Understanding these mechanisms can help identify new diagnostic biomarkers and/or new immune therapeutic targets for lupus patients.
I did my Ph.D. studies in Argentina working with probiotic lactic acid bacteria and their potential use for IBD treatment. These initial studies awakened my curiosity for basic immunology. I decided to do my first postdoc in the Department of Immunobiology at Yale University, where I studied how coagulation interacts with the innate immune response. Understanding how the immune system needs to be tightly regulated in order to efficiently prevent infections while avoiding uncontrolled responses (such as those that happen in autoimmune disorders) is still my main focus of interest. Hence, at Jackson, my studies involve the use of computational analysis of immune cells of lupus patients.
Besides research, I am interested in mentoring and education, and how we can improve these experiences for both mentors and mentees.