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E-mail: andrea.soza@uss.cl

Andrea Soza


Biography

In 1987 Andrea Soza began her undergraduate studies at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in Germany and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry in 1993. She did her thesis, named “Characterization of HBcAG  and FrCP viral particle”, with Reiner Ulrich  at the Charité Medical School from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

In 1993 Dr. Soza began her PhD work in the Laboratory from Dr. Kloetzel at the Institute of Bioquemistry at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in Germany. Her thesis work was about the characterization of PA28, a proteasome regulator, in the immune system.  Then, she worked one year as a Post-Doc at the same University.  She moved to Chile to start her Postdoctoral training financed by CONICYT with Dr.  Alfonzo Gonzalez at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She worked on identification and characterization of cell surface autoantibodies associated to the systemic lupus erythematosus.

In 2005 Dr. Soza started to study the role of Gal-8, a carbohydrate binding protein, in the immune system and autoimmunity. She has focused her work on the role of Gal-8 in cancer and proteasome regulation. Currently, she is studying the role of Gal-8 in epithelial-mesenchymal transition and proteasome activation and its contribution to cancer development and tissue repair.

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