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Marta Garcia-Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., joins WSU School of Medicine faculty

Marta Garcia-Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., joined the Wayne State University School of Medicine faculty as a tenured associate professor Aug. 1.Marta Garcia-Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

Her primary appointment is in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, with secondary appointments in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Division of Infectious Disease in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Garcia-Rodriguez will also serve as associate director of the Adult HIV Program.

Her lab is housed in the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development.

Her research focuses on understanding the reproductive health consequences of HIV infection. Philip Pellett, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Gil Mor, M.D., Ph.D., scientific director of the Mott Center, said Dr. Garcia-Rodriquez’s pioneering work on the role of mucosal immunity during exposure to HIV infections and consequent effects on the female reproductive tract is highly relevant to research priorities that have been established in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, the Adult HIV Clinic and the Mott Center. “Moreover, Dr. Rodriguez-Garcia’s leading-edge science, which is focused on neutrophil function during HIV infection, has strong potential to add a new dimension and further depth to the revitalized broad-scale collaborative WSU Adult HIV Program,” they said.

Dr. Garcia-Rodriguez joins the School of Medicine from Tufts University School of Medicine, where she was an assistant professor of Immunology. She also served as a senior research scientist in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

She received her medical degree from the University of Granada (Spain) in 2003 and her doctoral degree magna cum laude in Cellular Biology in 2009 from the University of Barcelona.

A member of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology, the Society for Mucosal Immunology and the Spanish Society for Immunology, Dr. Garcia-Rodriguez is widely published and is the principal investigator on two funded National Institutes of Health R01 research grants, an R21 grant and a newly-funded grant from the Burroughs Welcome Fund.

A Congratulations to our 2023 Discovery To Cure Summer Interns!

We would like to congratulate and recognize the amazing accomplishments of our 2023 DTC summer intern students. For 8 weeks they worked closely alongside mentors from various labs in the Mott Center to conduct their own research and analyses. This years interns did a fantastic job presenting their research findings on graduation day. All of our summer interns received a certificate of completion signed by Dr. Gil Mor which they will be able to use on future resumes and applications to help achieve their personal career goals in scientific research. We wish all of our interns a great school year!

Upcoming Events

Ovarian Cancer Symposium

October 10, 2023


The inaugural Michigan Ovarian Cancer Symposium is a free day of science and survivorship in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the CS Mott Center.

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Pregnancy and Preterm Birth Symposium

November 16, 2023


In collaboration with Wayne State University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Henry Ford Health Systems will showcase a combination of basic science, translational and clinical talks as well as a session in the area of pregnancy, infectious diseases and preterm birth.

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