Estefania Quesada-Masachs

I obtained my MD degree at University of Barcelona (UB) in 2008. I finished my residency in Rheumatology and a 2 years training program in Pediatric Rheumatology at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital. At early stages of my career I got fascinated by biomedical research and hence I’ve got involved in multiple clinical research projects and clinical trials. I also did a fellowship at Istituto Giannina Gaslini in Italy, Center of Excellence in Pediatric Rheumatology according to the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR). In 2017 I obtained my PhD at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) with a cum laude and the mention as an international doctor. My PhD thesis was focused on identifying immunological differences in relation to age and treatment in patients with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

I joined Prof. von Herrath’s lab as a postdoctoral fellow at La Jolla Institute for Immunology in 2018, where I am studying type 1 diabetes, investigating the role of different immune cells, cytokines and other signaling molecules in disease initiation and progression. I perform experiments in human pancreatic sections obtained from the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD), in human isolated islets (IIDP) and in human islet organoids (InSphero). I also work with animal models. I am particularly interested in gaining insight in the processes occurring in autoimmune diseases that start in childhood.