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Department of Pediatrics

Residents

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Interns

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Marimar

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Marimar de la Cruz Bonilla, M.D., Ph.D.

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Research Interest: Pediatric Oncology, have yet to determine disease model or research question.

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus
Graduate Institution: UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and UT Health Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Medical School Institution: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
E-mail: marimar.delacruzbonilla@bcm.edu  
Fellowship Interest: Oncology

Ian

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Ian Francis, M.D., Ph.D.

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Research Interest: I am entirely fascinated by microorganisms and their interplay with the host. My prior work was in STI vaccine development and I hope to continue to work in the world of immuno/microbiology, particularly as it relates to common pediatric pathogens.
 
Undergraduate Institution: University of Denver
Graduate Institution: Boston University School of Medicine
Medical School Institution: Boston University School of Medicine Dept. of Microbiology
E-mail: ian.francis@bcm.edu
Fellowship Interest: Critical Care, Infectious Diseases

 

Jennifer

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Jennifer Rha, M.D., Ph.D.

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Research Interest: cardiology, oncology, genetics

Undergraduate Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Graduate Institution: Emory University
Medical School Institution: Emory University
E-mail: Jennifer.Rha@Bcm.Edu
Fellowship Interest: Cardiology

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Second Years

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Natalie

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Natalie Guerrero, M.D., Ph.D.

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Current Research Interest: My research interests are focused on health disparities that impact vulnerable populations, including economically disadvantaged and immigrant populations, and the role of experienced discrimination on physical and mental health outcomes.

Undergraduate Institution: Pomona College
Graduate Institution: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Medical School Institution: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
E-mail: Natalie.Guerrero@bcm.edu
Fellowship Interest: Adolescent Medicine, Academic General Pediatrics
 

 

Yike

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Yike Jiang, M.D., Ph.D.

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Research Interests: I’m interested in the immune response to pathogens such as HSV, WNV, and SARS-CoV2, and how it promotes inflammatory diseases. My current project investigates the mechanism by which CoV2 triggers Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, College Park
Graduate Institution: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Medical School Institution: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
E-mail: Yikej@bcm.edu
Fellowship Interest: Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

 

Prasanna

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Prasanna Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D.

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Research Interest: The recent explosion of genomic information has uncovered a vast world of previously unknown genetic mutations in patients with complex, undiagnosed diseases. The Model Organisms Screening Center of The Undiagnosed Diseases Network, headquartered at Baylor College of Medicine, marries the clinical genetic expertise of Texas Children’s Hospital with outstanding basic research at BCM. Tapping into my prior research experience using Drosophila and C. elegans, I seek to work with the MOSC to investigate whether rare variants identified in the genomes of UDN participants may contribute to disease pathogenesis. This bench-to-bedside enterprise ideally complements my dual training and aspirations in clinical medicine and basic research.
 
Undergraduate Institution: Fairleigh Dickinson University
Graduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis and Baylor College of Medicine
Medical School Institution: Baylor College of Medicine
E-mail: pvramach@bcm.edu
Fellowship Interest: Endocrinology, Gastroenterology

 

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Third Years

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Arianexys

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Arianexys Aquino López, M.D., Ph.D.

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Research Interests: Aligned with my fellowship interest, I would like to continue my research in the field of solid tumor immunotherapy. Interests include investigating approaches to potentiate anti-tumor effects of immune therapies, including cell therapies and antibody therapies, against oncologic malignancies. I am also interested in studying the impact of tumor microenvironment in immune suppression in order to develop approaches to overcome cancer immune evasion.

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
Graduate Institution: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Medical School Institution: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
E-mail: Arianexl@bcm.edu
Fellowship Interest: Hematology-Oncology

Javier

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Javier Cabrera-Perz, M.D., Ph.D.

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Research Interest: I am interested in CD4 T cell responses to allergens, infections and cancers and in the setting of autoimmunity, as well as strategies to modulate said responses (from cytokine to cell therapies). I am also interested in immune dysregulation syndromes, sepsis and monogenic causes of inflammatory diseases in children.

Undergraduate Institution: Columbia University
Graduate Institution: University of Minnesota
Medical School Institution: University of Minnesota
E-mail: cabrerap@bcm.edu
Fellowship Interest: Allergy and Immunology