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María Lara-Tejero, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor

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María Lara-Tejero, DVM, PhD



Dr. Lara-Tejero received her DVM from University Complutense in Madrid, Spain in 1995, and a PhD in Microbiology from Yale University in 2001, receiving the Nat L. Sternberg Prize for outstanding PhD Thesis in the field of prokaryotic biology. She pursued postdoctoral training in Immunobiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute in New York City as an Irvington Fellow. She joined the Yale University School of Medicine in 2004, where she is currently and Associate Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis. Her laboratory focuses on the study of the pathogenesis of Salmonella enterica. More specifically, her laboratory employs multidisciplinary approaches to study type III secretion machines, which deliver bacterial effector proteins into target host cells to induce pathogenicity.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral training
    MSKCC (2004)
  • PhD
    Yale University (2001)
  • DVM
    Complutense University of Madrid (1995)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Irvington Institute for Immunological Research Post-doctoral FellowshipIrvington Institute for Immunological Research2003
2001 Nat L. Stemberg Thesis Prize for outstanding Ph.D. thesis in the filed of prokaryotic and bacteriophage molecular geneticsNat L. Sternberg Thesis Prize Endowment Fund2001
Award for outstanding researchMicrobiology Program at Yale University2000

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