Dr. Daniela Cihakova is an Assistant Professor and Director of Immunologic Disorders Laboratory at Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Dr. Cihakova was born in the Czech Republic and received her MD and PhD from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Her research focuses on the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. In particular, she has concentrated on studying myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy using a mouse model of myocarditis called experimental autoimmune myocarditis. With her colleagues, she has recently discovered that Il13 is protective in myocarditis and that IL17A drives the development of dilated cardiomyopathy. She also works on examining the role of monocyte and macrophages during myocarditis pathogenesis. Her other research interests include Sjogren’s syndrome, congenital complete heart block, autoimmune polyglandular syndrome type 1 (APECED) and vasculitis.