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Diana Rodriguez Ortega, MS, PhD

Diana Rodriguez Ortega, MS, PhD

MMG Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Biography

Dr. Rodriguez earned a Master’s and a PhD in Quantitative and Systems Biology from the University of California-Merced, where she studied the regulatory genes of Candida albicans biofilm formation. During her doctoral studies, Rodriguez was awarded the GRFP-NSF and a UCMEXUS: CONACYT fellowships. Rodriguez is interested in studying the molecular interactions between infectious microorganisms and their hosts, and in September 2021, she joined Dr. Christian Perez laboratory at the UT Health to study the host-pathogen interactions between C. albicans and the human host. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-rodriguez-4671039b)

Education

PhD, University of California-Merced, 2021

Advisor

Jose Christian Perez, PhD

Research Description

Dr. Rodriguez’ research focuses on characterization of the host response to Candida albicans in the intestinal tract. C. albicans is an opportunistic human fungal pathogen that can colonize multiple host surfaces, including the gastrointestinal tract, and it is also a common cause of hospital-acquired infections with a high mortality rate. My research will advance our current understanding of the host responses to C. albicans overgrowth in the mammalian gastrointestinal tract.