César Prada

César Prada is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in the Department of Clinical Analysis, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He is part of Computational Systems Biology Laboratory (www.csbiology.com) affiliated with the Center for Research in Inflammatory Diseases (http://crid.fmrp.usp.br), where his research focuses on the understanding of the leukocyte gene regulatory mechanisms that drive chronic inflammation. He combines network medicine principles and statistical meta-analysis to better characterize the physiopathological heterogeneity of rheumatological diseases. He partially developed his doctoral research as a CABANA fellow in the Expression Atlas team of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Cambridge, UK. He obtained a BSc in Biology with the summa cum laude distinction from the Industrial University of SantanderAfterward, he worked at the Research Center for Tropical Diseases (CINTROP) in Colombia and began pursuing a Systems Biology career. Having merged this goal with his biomedical experience allowed his encounter with Helder Nakaya and his further adhesion to the Computational Systems Biology Laboratory. Since then, he has been interested in understanding complex inflammatory conditions from an genomic integrative perspective.