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|Tamara received her
bachelor’s 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.
Tamara’s 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. Tamara’s work is supported by the UCSD Pharmacology Training Program.