• Dr. Agudelo earned her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with emphasis in Immunology. Her graduate training was focused on studying cannabinoid-induced immune dysregulation under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Klein in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She joined FIU in 2009 to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Madhavan Nair, where she gained experience on the neuro-immunological mechanisms of substance abuse and HIV disease progression. In 2012, she competed successful for external funding and secured K99 project from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to study the epigenetic mechanisms underlying alcohol effects on human dendritic cells. She continued her academic career at FIU and secured funding for the R00 phase of the project. Dr. Agudelo’s lab team is currently composed of a postdoctoral fellow and undergraduate research assistant. In addition, her lab provides training to students and service to colleagues on the immunological applications of single cell imaging flow cytometry, which has the capability of integrating flow cytometry and microscopy. Dr. Agudelo’s laboratory serves for the training and mentoring of students from different career levels and diverse backgrounds. She is a strong supporter of several programs for underrepresented minorities at FIU including the MARC U*STAR, QBIC, RISE, McNair, and FSTAR. Currently, work in her laboratory is funded by NIAAA, Department of Immunology and Nano-Medicine, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Office of Research and Economic Development at FIU, and pilot funds from Dr. Wertheim and Nicole Family Foundation.

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  • Marisela Agudelo


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