Dr. Villagomez received her MD degree from the Universidad Cristiana de Bolivia in 1999 and practiced medicine as a general practitioner in Bolivia with a personal interest in Dermatology.
She was awarded a scholarship to pursue her Ph.D. in Investigative Dermatology at the prestigious Dermatology Department of the Nagasaki University Hospital in Japan. She is fluent in Spanish, English, and Japanese and has published multiple articles in Japanese. The focus of her postdoctoral work at the University of Toronto at the Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology was in Cell Adhesion. She moved to the British Caribbean in 2010 and has worked full-time as a physician and medical educator with AUIS since 2015. She is the Course Director for Histology and Cell Biology for Year 1 MD students and is a Clinical Skills instructor for Year 1 and 2 students within the Patient-Doctor Skills courses. Her expertise stems from a focus on learning styles of the individual student.
Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences Saint James School of Medicine, Anguilla
Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Toronto, On, Canada
The Japanese Dermatology Society 23th Annual Meeting, Kyoto, 2002
TNF-a but not IFN-gamma is the main inducer of inducible protein-10 in skin fibroblasts from patients with atopic dermatitis
Bae SangJae, Tenma Miwa, Villagomez M Maria Teresa, Takenaka Motoi, etc. Relationships between level of substance P, eotaxin and stress in pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis. Arergy Bumon Kenkyuu Shouroku Shuu (Leading Studies in Allergy), 2001, p138 (in Japanese)
Villagomez MT, Bae SJ, Ogawa I, Takenaka M, Katayama I. Tumour necrosis factor-alpha but not interferon-gamma is the main inducer of inducible protein-10 in skin fibroblasts from patients with atopic dermatitis. Br J Dermatol. 2004 May;150(5):910-6. Radiation Research, 194, 2005
Maria Villagomez, Eva Szabo, Alexey Podcheko, Tianshu Feng, Sylvia Papp and Michal Opas. Calreticulin and Focal-contact-dependent Adhesion. Biochem Cell Biol. 2009 April
Malko AV, Villagomez M, Aubin JE, Opas M. Both chondroinduction and proliferation account for the growth of cartilage nodules in mouse limb bud cultures.Stem Cell Rev. 2013 Apr;9(2):121-31.
Ph.D.: Nagasaki University Medical School, Japan 2005
Postdoctoral fellow: University of Toronto, Canada
MD: Santa Cruz Christian University of Bolivia 1999
Dept. Gross and Microscopic Anatomy, Molecular and Cell Biology