Cecilia G. Sanchez, PhD
Dr. Sanchez was born in Monterey, Calif., and grew up in Colombia. She earned her degree in microbiology from the University of Los Andes in Bogota. She obtained her DEA (MSc) Biology and Health at the University of Montpellier 2 in France. She went on to earn her Ph.D. degree in molecular genetics and molecular biology from the Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, working in the fields of nuclear receptors and epigenetics in the laboratory of Dr. Pierre Chambon at the IGBMC (Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire). She spent two years in post-doctoral training at Tulane University in the laboratory of Dr. Melanie Ehrlich, focusing on epigenetic studies in cancer. She had a second postdoctoral experience in the laboratory of Dr. Darwin Prockop, conducting studies in epigenetics and autophagy in stem cells with Dr. Pochampally. Dr. Sanchez was a recipient of the T-32 in Pulmonary diseases training grant in the laboratory of Dr. Lasky. She joined Tulane's faculty as an Assistant Professor in May 2012.
Dr. Sanchez is interested in the roles of Sirtuins, autophagy and epigenetics in lung diseases. Her work is focus in understanding the pathogenesis and the development the novel therapeutic paradigms in lung fibrosis.
Dr. Sanchez is currently a recipient of the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant in Aging studies for her work in the role of sirtuins in lung aging and fibrosis. Dr. Sanchez received an ATS Foundation/Scleroderma Foundation Research Grant (2013-2015) for her research in autophagy and the use of FDA approved drugs to treat systemic scleroderma.
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