Silvia Melgar

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Silvia Melgar – Investigator


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1995                BSc in Molecular Biology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

2002                PhD in Immunology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden


Career profile:

2013 – present  Senior Research Co-ordinator, APC Microbiome Institute, UCC, Ireland

2012 – 2013      Senior Research Fellow, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, UCC, Ireland

2008 – 2012      Principal Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline, based in APC/UCC, Ireland

2005 – 2007      Senior Research Scientist AZ R&D, Sweden

2002 – 2005     Post-doctoral Research Fellow AstraZeneca (AZ) R&D, Sweden

1995 – 2002     PhD student, Dept Immunology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden


Research Interests:

  • Novel molecular mechanisms associated to host (immune and non-immune cells) and bacteria interactions and their relevance in health and to intestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colorectal cancer.
  • Contribution of the immune system, environmental stimuli (such as stress and diet) and the microbiota to intestinal health and disease development in experimental models of inflammation and its translation to human diseases.
  • Pre-clinical evaluation in animal models and in in vitro systems of novel therapies for inflammatory and malignant conditions.



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