Carolina B. López, PhD

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Carolina B. López is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. López arrived in the United States in 1996 after obtaining a professional title of Biochemist and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile. She received her Ph.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY working in the laboratory of Thomas Moran (1997-2002) and continued in the same laboratory for a postdoctoral position. At the Moran lab, Dr. López investigated how dendritic cells get activated in response to infection with influenza virus and parainfluenza viruses and the impact of type I interferons on the immune response to viral infection.  She was promoted to Research Assistant Professor in 2005. She joined the Faculty of the University of Pennsylvania for her first independent position in September of 2010 and was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in May, 2016.

Dr. López serves as a reviewer and guest editor for multiple journals, and has served in various national and international grant review study sections. Dr. López has been an active member of the American Association of Immunologists, where she served as member of the Committee on the Status of Women (2012-2015), and offered the Immunology to Viruses lecture in the International AAI Introductory Course in Immunology (2012-2013). Dr. López is also an active member of the American Society of Virology and is currently the Chair-Elect of the Immunology (E) Division of the American Society for Microbiology.

Awards:
· The American Association of Immunology. Careers in Immunology Award (2014).
· AAI Early Career Faculty Travel Grant IMMUNOLOGY (2011 and 2014).
· Keystone Symposia Early Career Investigator Travel Award (ECITA) (2013-2014).
· Zoetis Award for Research Excellence (2013).
· Revson Fellowship Award. Charles H. Revson Foundation. USA (2003-2005).
· Honor Fellowship for Research (DIPUC). Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago (1994).