Tamara Reyes Robles

Senior Scientist
MSD
Nina E. Weisser
Tamara obtained her BSc in Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagez Campus, followed by a one-year fellowship at New York University (NYU), where she studied signaling pathways involved in tumor formation using Drosophila as a model organism. She completed her Doctorate in Microbiology at NYU under the mentorship of Prof. Victor Torres, where she identified immune and non-immune cellular receptors for cytotoxins produced by the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, evaluated toxin-receptor interactions and generated mutant toxins that neutralized toxin activity. She continued her training with a postdoctoral fellowship in Microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston MA, where she showed that the causative agent of cholera employs outer membrane vesicles as decoys to avoid its elimination by bacteriophages. In 2017, Tamara joined the Experimental and Chemical Biology team at the MSD Exploratory Science Center in Cambridge MA, where she works on developing platforms to uncover novel biology and their effects on several human disease indications.

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