Tamara Escajadillo
Biomedical Sciences PhD Program


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Tamara Escajadillo
Tamara received her bachelorís degree from California State University Dominguez Hills, with a major in Biochemistry. She completed two summers of undergraduate research at UCSD as a Minority Access Program scholar sponsored by the Endocrine Society, where she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Marion Sewer, after which she joined the lab as a research associate focusing on the role of oxysterol binding proteins in adrenal steroidogenesis using a variety of molecular based methods. She then transitioned to join the Biomedical Sciences Program at UCSD in the Fall of 2014.

Tamaraís research focuses on the neutralization of pore forming toxins such as group A Streptococcus streptolysin O (SLO) by regulation of HIF and other host intracellular signaling pathways. She is also exploring  the use of red blood cell membrane bioengineered nanoparticles ("nanosponges") as toxin neutralizing agents in collaboration with the research group of Liangfang Zhang in the School of Engineering. Tamaraís work is supported by the UCSD Pharmacology Training Program.