Luciana Veiras, PhD, earned her biochemistry degree at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and in 2013 relocated to Los Angeles to join the lab of Alicia McDonough, PhD, at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California as a doctoral student. Her research focus was on how the kidney regulates blood pressure, the influence of the renin angiotensin system in the electrolytes homeostasis and the assessment of sexual dimorphisms associated with blood pressure regulation in males and females. Veiras’ first research studies demonstrated the association between key renal sodium transporters and potassium homeostasis during angiotensin II hypertension. Additionally, she made outstanding advances studying the sexual dimorphism of renal sodium transporter expression and the mechanisms of potassium homeostasis in female versus male rodents. Veiras described, for the first time, differences between female and male nephron organization and physiologic function that provided insight into the female cardiovascular advantage. These studies were part of her doctoral thesis. In 2018, after earning her doctorate, Veiras joined the Bernstein Lab to study the role of the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) in the immune response. It was previously shown in the Bernstein Lab that ACE overexpression in macrophages and neutrophils induces profound metabolic changes, endowing these cells with a heightened immunologic capacity. Veiras’ work focuses on elucidating the mechanisms behind the enhanced innate immune response associated with ACE overexpression. These studies will provide a better understanding of the innate immunity and open the possibility to describe new therapeutic targets to modulate the immune response.