UTSA Alamo CIMA Mentor
Dr. Astrid Cardona
Mechanisms of Neuronal Damage during Autoimmune Diseases
Dr. Cardona's research is focused on investigations of the immune-pathology associated with chronic central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and retina) inflammation during multiple sclerosis and diabetes. Dr. Cardona is particularly interested in determining the contribution of myeloid cells to neuronal damage, and examining functional interactions between immune cells, microglia, neurons, and blood vessels, utilizing immunological assays, flow cytometry, fluorescent activated cell sorting, microscopy and molecular biology approaches in murine model of disease and in cell cultures.