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SELECTBIO Conferences Extracellular Vesicles & Cell-Free RNAs 2023

Andrea Raymond's Biography

Andrea Raymond, Associate Professor, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Dr. Raymond is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology and Nanomedicine at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, Miami, FL. She heads a research group investigating the role of extracellular vesicles(EVs) in the pathology associated with substance use disorders, HIV NeuroAIDS, and HIV-related cancers. Dr. Raymond lab is among the first to demonstrate a potential role for exosomal EVs in HIV-associated neuropathogenesis. Her research group has shown in vitro that HIV-infected cells release EVs containing the HIV Nef protein and has demonstrated ex vivo the presence Nef-containing EVs in the serum of aviremic HIV-infected subjects. However, the functional role of these Nef-containing EVs in HIV neuropathogenesis is still unknown. Dr. Raymond seeks to understand how the content (and function) of brain and immune cell-derived EVs vary upon HIV infection and opiate exposure to identify EV-based biomarkers of HIV neuropathogenesis and opiate use disorder.

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