Research Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division
Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Professional Bio

Ana Serezani, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine working in the laboratory of Dr. Timothy Blackwell in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biomedicine from the University of São Paulo State, Botucatu-SP, Brazil. From that same institution she went on to obtain her masters degree and her PhD, both in immunology. In 2015, Dr. Serezani was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine as a Research Assistant Professor.

Dr. Serezani’s research examines the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of chronic lung inflammatory diseases, including allergic airway diseases, fungal infection, and fibrosis. Her recent work explores the consequences of exaggerated cytokine production in alteration of skin epithelial barrier protection and its consequences for disease evolution. Her research is focused on the interaction of keratinocytes and inflammatory cells in models of atopic dermatitis. Another aspect of Dr. Serezani’s work is determining the effects of multivalent allergens to IgE/FceRa–dependent mast cells activation.

She is particularly interested in developing therapeutic interventions to prevent chronic inflammation, decreasing risks of disease progression and/or exacerbation. In the Blackwell laboratory at Vanderbilt, Dr. Serezani focuses on examining the mechanisms of lung fibrosis and other lung diseases with the Blackwell research team.

Education

MS - Immunology - University of Sao Paulo - 2004
PhD - Immunology - University of Sao Paulo - 2007
Fellowship - Pathology - University of Michigan Health System - 2012
Fellowship - Pediatrics - Indiana University School of Medicine - 2015