Anabel Flores, PhD
IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow

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Anabel Flores
Anabel Flores obtained a Bachelor of Science in both Biology and Spanish, with a Chemistry minor from California Baptist University. As an undergraduate, she was part of the UCSD MSTP Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program in 2008 and 2009. She then pursued a two-year post-baccalaureate program focusing on prostate cancer research at Wake Forest University in the lab of Dr. George Kulik. Through these programs she developed an interest for translational science, thus for graduate school, she joined the biomedical sciences program at the University of Michigan. In the lab of Dr. Christin Carter-Su, she studied the physiological and molecular basis of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Using the CRISPR-cas9 system she engineered mouse models in order to study how the labís favorite protein SH2B1, promotes lower body weight and improves the bodyís ability to regulate blood glucose levels at the cellular and whole-body level. Her graduate work was supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship and the Systems & Integrative Biology Training Program.

As a postdoctoral researcher in the Nizet Laboratory, Anabel is studying host pathogen interactions with a special focus on phagocytic cells of the innate immune system and Group B Streptococcus (GBS).  Sheis supported by the UCSD NIH/NIGMS-sponsored Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA).