Esther Florsheim

Esther 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 neuroimmune interactions at the gastro-intestinal tract to determine the impact of the immune system in physiology.

Florsheim earned a doctorate in immunology and a bachelor’s degree in fundamental sciences for health from the University of São Paulo. She is interested in ideas from across immunology and inflammation. This interest has 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 neuroimmune and behavioral responses on 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.