Dr. Sanchez is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseases. Her laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanisms of tissue fibrosis. Her goal is to develop new therapeutic paradigms for chronic fibrotic disorders, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, scleroderma and chagasic cardiomyopathy. Dr. Sanchez's laboratory is interested in the re-purposing of drugs already available on the market to treat other diseases. Dr. Sanchez was born in the U.S., but spent her childhood in Colombia, where Chagas is endemic. Having undergone multiple surgeries during the course of her childhood, she has always been interested in the ways in which science can be used to better people's lives.