Pilar de la Puente, PhD (Principal Investigator)
Pilar is an assistant scientist in the Cancer Biology & Immunotherapies Group at Sanford Research. She received her B. Sc in Biology and Master’s in Animal Medicine and Surgery with a focus on Biomedical Engineering (BME) from University of Leon (Spain). During her PhD, she received a fellowship to perform research at the University of Salamanca and Tissue Bank San Francisco Clinic Foundation in Spain with a focus on tissue engineering. After being awarded her PhD, she continued her postdoctoral training in cancer biology at Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Azab, developing tissue-engineered cancer pre-clinical models and investigating localized drug delivery systems for hematological malignancies including multiple myeloma, lymphoma and breast cancer. In June 2018, she joined Sanford Research. Her lab’s interests are focused on the role of tumor microenvironment (TME) in cancer progression, drug resistance and cancer immunology. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, photography, cooking, DIY projects, and spending time with her friends and family. She likes swimming, soccer, and would love to travel around the world.