Stephanie M. Dorta Estremera, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
University of Puerto Rico – Medical Sciences Campus
Microbiology and Medical Zoology Department
University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Cancer Biology Division


Phone: 787-758-2525 ext. 1316

Dr. Dorta is a basic and translational immunology researcher, who has focused her career on characterizing immune mechanisms modulating the pathogenesis of different diseases such as HIV, autoimmune diseases, and cancer, as well as treatment responses for these diseases.  She obtained her B.S. in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus. She did post-baccalaureate training at the National Institutes of Health and obtained a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Her doctoral degree focused on characterizing the immune-mediated mechanisms involved in the development of lupus. Her postdoctoral training at MD Anderson Cancer Center focused on cancer immunology research and identifying immune correlates for the protection of novel immunotherapies and for chemoradiation in patients. Now as an assistant professor at the UPR-Medical Sciences Campus and UPR Comprehensive Cancer Center, she is developing a research program to dissect immunological mechanisms involved in treatment resistance on diverse cancers, especially in HPV-related cancers, and to identify immune and microbial biomarkers that could be targeted to improve current therapies, especially in Hispanics.

(Feb 17, 2023)