Benjamin Van Espen, M.S., Staff Research Associate
I obtained my M.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2014 from the University of Mons in Belgium. After spending two years working on Metabolomics studies of Diabetic Kidney Disease in the group of Dr. Kumar Sharma at UCSD, I joined the Bottini laboratory in 2017.
My research focuses on the mechanism of action of PTPN22 in rheumatoid arthritis. My goal is to pursue a Ph.D. and then a career in academic research, becoming an independent investigator focusing on discovery and development of innovative treatments for human diseases.