J. Carolina Sierra, Ph.D.

Research Instructor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition


Born in Bogota, Colombia, Carolina obtained her B Sc. degree in Bacteriology from Javeriana University in her home country. She then traveled to the United States to attend graduate school at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston where she focused on the characterization of Type 3 Secretion System effector proteins. After receiving her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Texas, Carolina joined the Wilson Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Her current research project is focused on understanding the role of the epidermal growth factor receptor in the pathogenesis associated with H. pylori infection. Additionally, she is interested in the role played by polyamines in gastric carcinogenesis.