Dr. Inés Colmegna
Associate Professor - Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Division of Experimental Medicine
Role of stem cells in rheumatoid arthritis.
My lab research focuses on defining basic mechanisms accounting for the disruption of immune tolerance in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We are specifically interested in understanding the role that adult stem cells have in initiating and perpetuating this disease. Ongoing studies aim to characterize the biology of human hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells in patients with recent onset and established RA, the cross talk between stem cells and other immune cells, and the impact that interventions targeting stem cells have on the restoration of immune function.
1. Impact of aging on stem cell function.
2. Rheumatoid arthritis and immune dysfunction: The role of damaged stem and progenitor cells.
3. Inflammation and atherothrombosis.