Monica Viladomiu is a PhD student in the NIMML, studying Genomics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.
B.S. in Biotechnology from University of Vic in Barcelona, Spain
Internships in CIBBIM center of Vall Hebron Hospital and NIMML
“I am really excited about all the research I’ve been doing so far because it allows me to continue working in both experimental and computational studies. Most of the immunologists are not aware of the potential of all the modeling studies going on and how they can speed up experimental achievements.”
Monica began her work with NIMML researching the capacity of VSL#3, a commercial probiotic mixture, to regulate the microflora of the digestive system, thereby reducing the severity and prevalence of colitis and colorectal cancer. She was also involved in other IBD projects that studied the effects of dietary fibers and resistant starch.
Currently, she is working on projects with Clostridium difficile with the goal of better understanding the function of PPARg during the infection. Part of this project involves a computational model of the course of the infection that will hopefully provide insight on both the immune response to a C. difficile infection and potential novel drug targets. She is also a member of the EAEC modeling team, making her a very involved member in MIEP (Center for Modeling Immunity to Enteric Pathogens) projects.