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From Dentistry to Immunology: Navigating Challenges and Building a Career in Neuroimmunology
  • Lidia Yshii
Lidia Yshii
KU Leuven

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This journey traces the transition from a brief dentistry stint to a neuroimmunology exploration. The narrative unfolds through academic pursuits at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and subsequent doctoral studies, reflecting on the initial idealism that shaped the pursuit of academia. An unexpected postdoctoral experience at the Centre de Physiopathologie de Toulouse Purpan in France introduced me to immunology, leading to an unexpected passion. Here, I explore uncertainties, decisions, and a pivotal move to Belgium, where collaboration with Adrian Liston at VIB-KU Leuven marked a maturity phase. Amid personal milestones like pregnancy and the challenges of balancing parenthood with a burgeoning career, I would like to highlight the crucial role of support systems and a thriving research environment. My journey so far culminates in the establishment of a lab, the pursuit of a permanent position, and the appointment as an assistant professor at KU Leuven.
14 Nov 2023Submitted to Immunology & Cell Biology
15 Nov 2023Assigned to Editor
15 Nov 2023Submission Checks Completed
17 Nov 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned