Leonardo Ramos Ferreira, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||513 Parnassus Ave|
San Francisco CA 94143
|Harvard University||PhD||2016||Molecular and Cellular Biology|
|University of Coimbra||BSc||2011||Biochemistry|
Cell-based gene therapies offer unprecedented promise for medicine. One day, it may be possible to cure degenerative diseases consisting of the loss of specialized cellular functions. However, several hurdles must be surpassed to establish cell transplantation therapies. A major one is rejection by the recipient's immune system. This challenge is particularly prominent for autoimmune disorders, such as type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, where the immune system mediates the destruction of self-tissues. Currently, I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Tang and Bluestone laboratories at the Department of Surgery and Diabetes Center at UCSF. I envision that we will be able to use our capacity to engineer the human genome to manipulate our immune system with high precision and efficiency, enabling us to treat devastating illnesses now labeled as incurable. I am highly committed to make this vision become a reality.
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