Veronica Azcutia is an Assistant Professor of Pathology in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain, where she studied the pathophysiology of the vascular endothelium under diabetic and inflammatory conditions. She joined Dr. Bill Luscinskas Lab at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) for her postdoctoral training in vascular immunology. Her work focused on leukocyte interactions with vascular endothelial cells during leukocyte transendothelial migration. During this time, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association (AHA) to investigate the role of the ubiquitous glycoprotein CD47 in integrin activation during leukocyte recruitment into inflamed areas.
After her time as a postdoc, Dr. Azcutia joined the department of Pathology at the University of Michigan, in Dr. Charles Parkos’ lab, where she is interested in exploring mechanisms regulating leukocyte migration across vascular and mucosal linings during inflammatory during intestinal inflammation, and resolution. In 2017, Dr. Azcutia was granted a career development award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF) to explore neutrophils interactions with intestinal epithelial cells during the not so well studied transepithelial migration, and the role of neutrophils in intestinal wound repair using in vivo murine models and intravital microscopy.
Dr. Azcutia is a member of the Society of Mucosal Immunology (SMI), the Society of Leukocyte Biology (SLB), and the American Society of Investigative Pathology (ASIP) where her scientific contributions were recognized with the Experimental Pathologist-in-Training Award (EPIT) (2013), the George K. Michalopoulos Junior Faculty Award (2017), as well as several A.D. Sobel-ASIP Education Fund Trainee Travel Awards to attend scientific ASIP meetings to present her research.