Gabriel J. Tobón, MD, is an Internal Medicine/Rheumatology specialist, with a Master in Genetic, Genomic, and Biotechnology; and PhD in Immuno-rheumatology from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France. He was the founder of the Research Group in Rheumatology and Autoimmunity (GIRAT), Universidad Icesi, Fundación Valle del Lili, Cali-Colombia from 2017-2021. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the SIU School of Medicine, in the Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology. His research is focused on the study of systemic autoimmune diseases and the role of B lymphocytes in the pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Sjögren's syndrome, as well as the study of biomarkers related to the diagnosis and complications of autoimmune diseases. He has published more than 120 international publications in indexed journals.
He was awarded the 3er prize Mosaic of the Autoimmunity, Lisbon, 2018.
Education & training
- Top V Abstracts, VI Congress Controversies in Autoimmunity, 2021.
- Best research group in Rheumatology, Colombian Congress of Rheumatology, 2021.
- Best Oral Presentation, V Congress Controversies in Autoimmunity, 2019, Florencia,
- Best research group in Rheumatology, Colombian Congress of Rheumatology, 2019.
- MOSAIC OF AUTOIMMUNITY AWARD. 11th International Congress of Autoimmunity, Lisbon, May 2018.
- Best Teacher from the Medical School Universidad Icesi, and Fundación Valle del Lili, December, 2017.
- Best thesis, Asociation Francaise du Syndrome de Gougerot-Sjogren, France, 2013.
- PhD thesis, with “mention très honorable avec félicitations du jury”. France, Juin 2012.
- First Prize in Poster Presentation, PhD students, from the Brest University, France. September 2011, “Delta 4 BAFF, un nouveau variant de BAFF qui agit come facteur de transcription activateur de son propre gène dans l’autoimmunité”.
- Outstanding Abstract Award from the “Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation” “Delta-4 BAFF, an Alternative-splice Isoform That Acts as a Transcription Factor To Enhance BAFF Production in Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome”, American College of Rheumatology, Annual Meeting, 2010.
- Prize “Manuel Uribe Angel” from the Academia de Medicina de Medellín. 2005.