Rodrigo Morales

Postdoctoral researcher

About me

My research goal is to understand the basis of inflammatory responses at a cellular and molecular level, and how different immune mediators can promote either chronic inflammation or tissue homeostasis. In my scientific career I have worked in different contexts of inflammation and tissue damage, including Rheumatoid Arthritis, mouse models of skin transplantation, and zebrafish models to study the role of immune cells during tissue regeneration. The work performed in zebrafish, during my PhD, has allowed me to acquire key theoretical knowledge and practical expertise that enable me to address immunological questions by using this model. I joined Eduardo Villablanca’s group at Karolinska Institutet, to exploit the zebrafish model as an in vivo platform to address genetic-environment interactions in the onset of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). My overall plan is to acquire a critical view on translational medicine and how to use zebrafish to address biomedical questions that are difficult to solve when using classical animal models or in vitro methods. Taking advantage of the transparency of zebrafish larvae, I seek to gain insight on pathways and mechanisms involved in inflammatory responses, tissue damage and repair/regeneration in the context of IBD, by visualizing them in vivo and at real-time.

For more information please see my CV attached below.

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