Dr. López arrived in USA in 1996 after graduating as a Biochemist and obtaining a MS from the Universidad Católica of Chile. Dr. López received a Ph.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY in 2002, and continued in the same laboratory for postdoctoral and a junior faculty positions. Dr. López joined the University of Pennsylvania in September of 2010 and she was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in 2016. Her laboratory studies viral and cellular factors that drive the development of immune responses able to control virus replication and dissemination, and minimize pathology.
The López Lab identified defective viral genomes generated during virus replication as pivotal in these processes and is now focused on investigating their role in defining the outcome and consequences of viral infections. Dr. López serves as reviewer for multiple journals and has served in various national and international grant review study sections. She is an active member of the American Association of Immunologists and the American Society for Microbiology.
She is an Associate Editor in PLoS Pathogens, a member of the NIH VIRB study section, a Fellow of the Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity Program funded by the NIH-National Research Mentoring Network, and a 2018 US Fulbright Scholar currently spending a sabbatical leave at the Pasteur Institute in France.
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