Dr. Astrid Cardona's research is focused in understanding the mechanisms of tissue damage in Multiple Sclerosis and Diabetic retinopathy. Her laboratory focuses on the functional interactions between immune cells, microglia, neurons and blood vessels, utilizing experimental mouse models of disease, immunological assays, flow cytometry, fluorescent activated cell sorting, microscopy and molecular biology approaches.
Dr. Cardona's research program is concentrated in translational approaches for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and multiple sclerosis. She teaches immunology and works with students and faculty to promote outcomes of educational attainment, academic achievement and student advancement. Students in her lab build skills for careers in biomedical research, medicine, academia, industry and pedagogy at the undergraduate and graduate levels.