Dr Villagomez research centered in the immunopathology involved in dermatological disorders, with special focus in Atopic Dermatitis and the different pattern of cytokines and chemokines involved during the presentation of the disease. Other interests are also related to the use of the stem cells and their potential to be used to develop regenerative therapies for a wide variety of diseases. This newly acquired interest is also used during the Histology and Cell Biology classes by exposing the students to the most recent discoveries in the treatment of a variety of diseases involving transgenic stem cells and iPS (Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells).
Dr. Villagomez received her MD degree from the Universidad Cristiana de Bolivia in 1999 and practised medicine as a general practitioner in Bolivia with a personal interest in Dermatology. She was awarded a scholarship to pursue her PhD 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.