Esther Borges Florsheim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Arizona State University
A multidisciplinary approach bridging the fields of physiology, behavior, neuroscience, and immunology
Esther Borges Florsheim is an assistant professor in the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy at Arizona State University. Her research aims to understand how immunological processes affect normal physiology, with a focus on mast cell biology, neuro-immune pathways, and the impact of allergies on behavior.
Dr. Florsheim’s research with FASI applies the development of novel models to study neuro-immune interactions, and provide the foundation to identify mechanisms that drive allergic inflammation in the gastrointestinal mucosa. This involves a multidisciplinary approach bridging the fields of physiology, behavior, neuroscience, and immunology, and will provide insights into three major areas: mast cell biology, neuro-immune connections, and brain circuits involved in the behavioral responses of avoidance and aversion.
Florsheim EB, Sullivan ZA, Khoury-Hanold W, Medzhitov R. Food allergy as a biological food quality control system. Cell. 2021 Mar 18;184(6):1440-1454. PMID: 33450204