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Cristina Gamez

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  • The University of Western Australia (M561), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

I am a postdoctoral research associate at UWA School of Paediatrics and Child Health. I have expertise in the area of allergy with proteomic and molecular biology skills. I also have lab work experience in private pharmaceutical companies. My role involves leading the lab management of the Children Allergy and Immunology Research (CAIR) Group, giving lab advice and co-supervising PhD students. My research interests lie in a better understanding of the immunological mechanisms of the allergy disease and possible approaches for its prevention. I was awarded my PhD in 2014 from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). My PhD project dealt with the identification of new allergenic shrimp proteins using immunoproteomic approaches, the implication of these shrimp allergens in mite-seafood cross reactivity, and the development of hypoallergenic treatments for shrimp allergy. My current research is focused to identify the risk factors that induce the increase of allergy prevalence in our societies, to develop new approaches for allergy prevention, and to contribute to unravel the immune outcomes of early life environmental exposures and dietary in allergic disease.

Future research

• Exploring immune markers associated with the development of early allergy disease.
• Better understanding of the mechanisms involved in allergy disease.
• Exploring immune system development in early life to develop tolerance or allergic response.
• Exploring new interventions to prevent allergic diseases.

Funding overview

• WA Asthma Foundation New Investigator Grant: Longer outside, better inside: outdoor exposure and its impact on the gut microbiota and development of asthma and allergy. 29690 AUD, 01/01/2017-30/12/2017. Gamez C, Prescott S, Keelan J, Jones A, Hart P, Palmer D.
• NHMRC Equipment Grant Scheme 2016: QIACUBE HT workstation (AUD 50000). Kirkham L, Thornton R, Richmond P, Pickering J, Blyth C, Bowen A, Biggelaar A, Prescott S, Gamez C, Strunk T, Currie A, Adams L, Stick S, Kicic A, Hales B, Baltic S.
• Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), Fondo de Investigación en Salud (FIS). Research Project: Regulacion epigenetica del asma: papel de los microRNAs y de SOCS. 171215 Euros, 01/01/2013-30/12/2015. CI: M Victoria del Pozo Abejon. AI: Cristina Gamez.
• ISCIII, FIS. Research Project: Asma y proteinas supresoras de la senalizacion de citocinas (SOCS): evaluacion del papel de SOCS3 en la regulacion del asma y su aplicacion como nueva diana terapeutica para el control del asma. Ref: PS09/00153. 245025 Euros, 01/01/2010-31/12/2012. CI: M Victoria del Pozo Abejon. AI: Cristina Gamez.
• Universidad Europea de Madrid, Catedra Real Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Deporte y Asma: estudio de la patogenesis del asma en deportistas de elite. Ref: 2009 03RM, 2010-2012. CI: M Victoria del Pozo Abejon. AI: Cristina Gamez.
• Fundacion de Investigacion Medica Mutua Madrileña: Clonaje y expresion de alergenos recombinantes de distintos polenes de importancia alergologica: Cupressus arizonica, Salsola kali, Chenopodium album. Ref: 56017/001, 01/01/2007-31/12/2009. CI: M Victoria del Pozo Abejon. AI: Cristina Gamez.

Previous positions

2008-2013 Biologist at the Immuno-allergy Department, IIS-Fundación Jiménez Díaz, Madrid, Spain.
2011-2012 Biologist. Research Stay in the Division of Immunopathology, Department of Pathophysiology
and Allergy Research
Center of Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology
Medical University of Vienna, Austria.
2006-2007 Biologist at the R&D and Quality Control Department, Applied Molecular Development. S.A. Group Alerpharma S.A., Madrid, Spain.
2005-2006 Lab Technician at the R&D Department, DIATER Laboratories, Madrid, Spain.

Current projects

• WA Asthma Foundation New Investigator Grant: Longer outside, better inside: outdoor exposure and its impact on the gut microbiota and development of asthma and allergy. 29690 AUD, 01/01/2017-30/12/2017. Gamez C, Prescott S, Keelan J, Jones A, Hart P, Palmer D.

Teaching overview

• Training and supervision of research assistants, 17 medical students and 1 MSc student at the immune-allergy department of IIS-Fundacion Jimenez Diaz (Madrid, Spain).
• Training and co-supervision of international students and PhD students at Children Allergy and Immunology Research group.
• Current co-supervision of 1 PhD student (PhD candidate Rachelle Ann Pretorius).

Research

Allergy prevention
Immunological mechanisms of allergy
Proteomic and molecular biology

Languages

Spanish
English and French

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