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Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine

Houston, Texas

Benchtop, Research, Bedside and Application
Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine Graduate Program
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Cristhian Ildefonso, Ph.D.

Cristhian Ildefonso

Department of Pediatrics-Hematology and Oncology

Thesis Title: Influence of the Ocular Environment on Adenoviral Vector Mediated Gene Therapy

Basic Science Mentor:
Richard L Hurwitz, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics-Hematology and Oncology

Clinical Science Mentor: Catherine Bollard, M.B., Ch.B.
Department of Pediatrics-Hematology and Oncology

Ph.D., Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 2011
B.Sc., Biology/ Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Awards and Honors

  • B.S. (Cum Laude), University of Puerto Rico
  • Member of the Golden Key Honor Society
  • Member of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy Data Review Committee


  • Ildefonso C, Kong L, Leen A, Chai SJ, Petrochelli V, Chintagumpala M, Hurwitz MY, Chévez-Barrios P, Hurwitz RL. Absence of systemic immune response to adenovectors after intraocular administration to children with retinoblastoma. 2010. Molecular Therapy. In press.
  • Lugo-Chincilla AM, Baez D, Velez M, Ildefonso C, Renaud FL. Altered subcellular signaling in murine peritoneal macrophages upon chronic morphine exposure. J Neuroimmunology. 2006. 176:86-94.

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