Dr. Mijares started her educational track with an Associate degree in Medical Lab Technology in1998 from a small community college in Victoria, Texas. During her undergraduate work she was awarded a NIH scholarship (UGSP), which she used to complete her Bachelor degree from the University of Texas at Austin on 2001. After spending a year working as a research associate at the National Institutes of Health, she started her graduate work in Microbial Pathogenesis. She completed her Masters and later her Ph.D. from Yale School of Medicine in 2008. She combined her post-doctoral work to span training as a post-doctoral associate with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch, and as a CPEP fellow (Committee on Postgraduate Education Programs) at the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Microbiology Service, NIH Clinical Center. Dr. Mijares joined the faculty of University of Maryland in 2011 where she serves as the course coordinator for multiple undergraduate and graduate courses.
Dr. Mijares currently serves as the University of Maryland, School of Medicine representative to the Maryland Forensic Laboratories Advisory Committee (FLAC).
Czar MJ, Kersh EN, Mijares LA, Lanier G, Lewis J, Yap G, Chen A, Sher A, Duckett CS, Ahmed R, Schwartzberg PL. Altered lymphocyte responses and cytokine production in mice deficient in the X-linked lymphoproliferative disease gene SH2D1A/DSHP/SAP. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2001 Jun 19; 98(13): 7449-54.
Cannons JL, Yu LJ, Hill B, Mijares LA, Dombroski D, Nichols KE, Antonellis A, Koretzky GA, Gardner K, Schwartzberg PL. SAP regulates TH2 differentiation and PKC-theta-mediated activation of NF-kappaB1.Immunity. 2004 Nov; 21(5): 693-706.
Mooney JM, Klem J, Wülfing C, Mijares LA, Schwartzberg PL, Bennett M, Schatzle JD. The murine NK receptor 2B4 (CD244) exhibits inhibitory function independent of signaling lymphocytic activation molecule-associated protein expression. J Immunol. 2004 Sep 15; 173(6):3953-61.
Sutterwala FS, Mijares LA, Li L, Ogura Y, Kazmierczak BI, Flavell RA. Immune recognition of Pseudomonas aeruginosa mediated by the IPAF/NLRC4 inflammasome. J Exp Med. 2007 Dec 24;204(13):3235-45.
Wangdi T*, Mijares LA*, Kazmierczak BI. In vivo discrimination of type 3 secretion system-positive and -negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa via a caspase-1-dependent pathway. Infect Immun. 2010 Nov; 78(11):4744-53.
Mijares LA*, Wangdi T*, Sokol C, Homer R, Medzhitov R and Kazmierczak BI. Airway epithelial MyD88 restores control of Pseudomonas aeruginosa murine infection via an interleukin-1 dependent pathway. J Immunol. 2011 May 13.
Evan S. Snitkin, Adrian M. Zelazny, Clemente I. Montero, Frida Stock, Lilia Mijares, NISC Comparative Sequence Program, Patrick R. Murray, and Julie A. Segre. Genome-wide recombination drives diversification of epidemic strains of Acinetobacter baumannii. PNAS. July 15 2011.
Conlan S*, Mijares LA*, Comp Seq Program N, Becker J, Blakesley RR, Bouffard GG, Brooks S, Coleman HL, Gupta J, Gurson N, Park M, Schmidt B, Thomas PJ, Young A, Otto M, Kong HH, Murray PR, Segre JA. Staphylococcus epidermidis pan-genome sequence analysis reveals diversity of skin commensal and hospital infection-associated isolates. Genome Biol. 2012 Jul 25; 13(7):R64.
Zelazny AM, Ding L, Goldberg JB, Mijares LA, Conlan S, Conville PS, Stock F, Ballentine SJ, Olivier KN, Sampaio EP, Murray PR, Holland SM. Adaptability and persistence of the emerging pathogen Bordetella petrii. PLoS One. 2013 Jun 4;8(6):e65102.
* Co-first authorship