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    2021 MOSAIC Scholar: Lisandra Vila Ellis, MD

    Lisandra Vila Ellis

    Project Title: Mechanism of Pulmonary Endothelial Cell Heterogeneity and Its Role in Disease<
    Position: Assistant Professor
    Institution: Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University
    Funding: NIH Institute/Center: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
    Grant ID: K99HL155845

    Lisandra Vila Ellis’ interest in medicine began as a child growing up in Cuba, offering “medical services” to her family and neighbors, such as taking their blood pressure at home. She received her medical degree at Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico, and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research focuses on the development of blood vessels in the lung, and how the disruption of this process can lead to disease. Dr. Vila Ellis' commitment to diversity has included teaching at an undergraduate institution that serves underrepresented populations and mentoring minority students. She serves on different committees of the North American Vascular Biology Organization, where she also started a podcast for the scientific community to discuss relevant topics, including diversity and inclusion. She will start a faculty position at Northwestern University in the fall of 2023.