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Maria Angelica Cortez

Maria Angelica Cortez Maria Angelica Cortez
Instructor, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
 
Biography
Maria Angelica received her masters and Ph.D degree from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2009. She completed part of her thesis in the lab of George Calin, M.D., Ph.D., at MD Anderson, where she devoted her thesis to understanding the roles of noncoding RNAs, including microRNAs, in the molecular mechanisms underlying tumor progression. She joined Welsh?s lab as a postdoctoral fellow in 2011 and was appointed as an instructor in the Radiation Oncology department in 2015. Cortez?s long-term career goal is to discovery novel therapeutic strategies to target immunotherapy resistant lung and breast cancer cells. Her current projects include 1.) understanding the mechanisms by which tumors evade the immune system and 2.) exploring the interaction between radiation and immunotherapies in lung cancer treatment.
 
Research Interest
immunotherapy resistant lung and breast cancer cells