Claudia Pellizas-01

Claudia Pellizas

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

I was born in Cordoba, Argentina, in 1965. My Educational degrees includes: 1) B.S. Biochemist, 1987 (Chemical Sciences Faculty–FCQ-, National University of Cordoba–UNC-); 2) B.S. Pharmaceutics, 1991, FCQ-UNC; 3) PhD in Chemical Sciences, 1996, FCQ-UNC. My present positions include: 1) Associate Professor at the FCQ-UNC in graduate and post-graduate courses of the Clinical Biochemistry field; 2) Principal Researcher from the Argentinian Research Council (CONICET) at the Center of Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology (CIBICI). I’m the leader of a research group at the CIBICI-CONICET, FCQ-UNC, interested in the study of thyroid hormone functionality in normal and pathological conditions. The main focus of research for the last years has been the study of thyroid hormone action at the initiation of the immune response. We reported for the first time the effects of these hormones at mice dendritic cell function driving Th1, cytotoxic and pro-inflammatory adaptive responses and restraining tolerogenic signals. These effects were exploited with success in dendritic cell based-antitumor vaccination in mice (melanoma, colon cancer). Another and more recent research line focuses on the role of the tumor microenvironment (including immune cells) in the development and progression of thyroid cancer. I’ve been the mentor of several Doctoral Thesis (PhD in Chemical Sciences, FCQ-UNC) and postdoctoral projects (CONICET) that covered the aforementioned topics.