Esther Borges Florsheim

Esther Borges Florsheim

Assistant Professor, Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy


Esther Borges Florsheim is an immunologist with core interests in how immunological defenses promote fitness and organismal survival. She studies allergies, mast cell biology, and neuro-immune interactions at the gastrointestinal tract to determine the impact of the immune system in physiology.

Florsheim earned one degree in Fundamental Sciences for Health (B.Sc., University of São Paulo) and one in Immunology (Ph.D., University of São Paulo). Her interests in ideas from across immunology and inflammation have led her on a dedicated research trajectory, performing undergraduate research on innate inflammatory responses to bacterial lipopolysaccharides and focusing her graduate research on the innate immune pathways required for the development of allergies. She completed her postdoctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine where she explored the neuro-immune and behavioral responses upon allergen sensing in the gut mucosa.

As a Principal Investigator, Florsheim aims to: a) transform the immunology field through a multidisciplinary approach, b) motivate the next generation of scientists interested in discovering the yet unsolved immunological mysteries, c) create an equal world in STEM.