Isabela Iessi, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Joined the IBRI in September 2021

Isabela Iessi

Isabela Iessi, PhD, works with Erica Cai, PhD, to integrate genetic engineering and beta-cell biology to better understand diabetes pathogenesis and enable innovative therapeutic strategies.

Before joining the IBRI, Iessi worked at the Institute for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine in Dresden, Germany. There, she worked on immunometabolism-related research, especially with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in mice.

Iessi’s doctoral thesis focused on the role played by the association between maternal hyperglycemia, exacerbation of oxidative stress status, and hypoxia on the impairment of the embryofetal pancreatic development.

View Iessi's published research here.

She currently lives in Avon, IN, with her husband, daughter and their shar pei. She’s a big fan of literature, enjoys relaxing, writing texts or reading good books.

Areas of Expertise

  • Experimental models
  • FACs analysis
  • In vivo and in vitro research
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Pancreatic morphology


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Gynecology, Obstetrics and Mastology), Sao Paulo State University, 2015
  • Master of Science (Gynecology, Obstetrics and Mastology), Sao Paulo State University, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), Sagrado Coraçao University, 2009