Jorge Romo-Tena, M.D., Ph.D., completed his internal medicine and rheumatology fellowships at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, Mexico. In parallel with his clinical training, Dr. Romo-Tena's keen interest in research encouraged him to enroll in a Master's in Medical Sciences program, where he studied molecular defects that could contribute to the defective function of regulatory T cells in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. He concluded this project successfully and graduated with honors. His work earned the Rosenkranz Research Award, a highly competitive prize for the best biomedical research performed in Mexico.
Dr. Romo-Tena continued his research training by enrolling in a Ph.D. program. His thesis aimed to unravel a complex signaling network whose abnormal function may underlie the pathological behavior of endothelial cells in inflammatory diseases. In 2019, he joined the Systemic Autoimmunity Branch at NIAMS as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar and as part of the NIH-Graduate Partnerships Program.
After completing his Ph.D., he started his postdoctoral fellowship to investigate CAR-T cells in a murine lupus model and defects in vascular biology and their connection with post-translational modifications in systemic autoimmune diseases. In 2023, Dr. Romo-Tena was recognized by the NIH with a Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE).
Dr. Romo-Tena is particularly interested in the defects in vascular biology and their connection with post-translational modifications that can contribute to the pathogenesis of systemic autoimmune diseases.