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Immunopaedia Ambassadors – South America

Our Ambassadors from across South America.


Mariana PatronWhat is your name?
Mariana Rivera Patron

What is your current position?
PhD Student

Which institute and country do you work in?
Departamento de Desarrollo Biotecnológico, Instituto de Higiene, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de la República (UdelaR). Montevideo, Uruguay.

What is your home country?
Uruguay

What are your research interests?
Adjuvants, innate immunity, infectious diseases

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I hold a degree in Biochemistry (Facultad de Ciencias, UdelaR, Uruguay) and I am currently enrolled in a Biological Sciences PhD program (PEDECIBA-UdelaR, Uruguay), studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the adjuvant effect conferred by saponins extracted from the native tree Quillaja brasiliensis.

Since the early start of my career I have been delighted by the immune system. Over seven years, I’ve had the chance to develop professionally in a global animal health vaccine manufacturing company where I got involved in all the components of the complex vaccine-manufacturing process. This has been a great experience that has allowed me to explore a very interesting approach to the fascinating field of vaccines. As my vocational area is undoubtedly scientific research, and in particular vaccinology, I have been linked to the Departamento de Desarrollo Biotecnológico since 2011. In 2016 I had the opportunity to join fully as a postgraduate student, thus starting my education and training as a researcher. I am particularly focused on vaccines, adjuvants and the immune system, and therefore all my studies are concentrated in those areas.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Mariana Rivera
ResearchGate – Mariana Rivera

Immunology Keywords:
Vaccines, Adjuvants, Saponins


What is your name?
Amy Mónaco

What is your current position?
PhD Candidate and Research Associate

Which institute and country do you work in?
Departamento de Desarrollo Biotecnológico at the Instituto de Higiene (Facultad de Medicina – Universidad de la República)

What is your home country?
Uruguay

What are your research interests?
Tumor immunology, immunotherapies based on bacteria

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am currently a PhD student at the Universidad de la República, Uruguay, where I have performed my whole career since an undergraduate student. My field of research is on the use of attenuated bacteria as antitumoral agents. I am particularly committed to the study of the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which Salmonella exerts its anti-tumor potential in melanoma tumors, focusing on the inflammasome assembly and activation. I hope that my work can contribute a little bit to the understanding of tumor-bacteria interaction so as to design better and cheaper strategies to address this worldwide affecting disease.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn: Amy Monaco Patiño

Immunology Keywords:  Inflammasome, innate immunity, bacterial immunotherapies


Mario DurandWhat is your name?
Mario Alberto Ynga Durand

What is your current position?
Research Fellow

Which institute and country do you work in?
Mucosal Immunology Lab. Instituto Politecnico Nacional. Mexico

What is your home country?
Peru

What are your research interests?
Mucosal Immunology, Mucosal Immunization, Epithelial Immunity

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am paediatrician and allergist/immunologist who is making the transition from clinical practice to translational research. After a productive stay at Rothenberg’s Lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, currently I am part of the European Union-sponsored Vaccinology Program based on Lyon, France. I am affiliated to the School of Medicine at Instituto Politecnico Nacional in Mexico City where we are establishing a collaboration network in order to further understand the impact of mucosal immunology in health and disease.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Mario Alberto Ynga Durand

Immunology Keywords: mucosal vaccines, mucosal adjuvants, epithelial immunity


What is your name?
Jose Mateus Triviño

What is your current position?
Ph.D. Student; M.Sc./Microbiology Department

Which institute and country do you work in?
Laboratorio de Parasitología Molecular and Laboratorio de Inmunobiología y Biología Celular, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

What is your home country?
Colombia

What are your research interests?
Immune response, Infectious diseases, Vaccine design

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I have a Bachelor’s degree of sciences and a Master’s degree in biological sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) at Bogota, Colombia, in which I studied the CD8+ T-cell subsets in patients with Chagas disease, a chronic parasitic infection caused by Trypanosoma cruzi infection. Currently, I am a PhD Student in Biological Sciences (Immunology) at PUJ, and my research is focus in human and mice T cells response in T. cruzi infection, as well as understand the immune mechanisms that are modified in chronic infections.

In addition, I work on other projects related to elucidate diagnostic or progression biomarkers, and potential alternative therapeutic against human pathogenic trypanosomatids (such as T. cruzi).

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate – Jose Mateus

Immunology Keywords: T-cell subsets, multifunctionality, flow cytometry


Jamil KitokoWhat is your name?
Jamil Zola Kitoko

What is your current position?
PhD student/Immunology Departament

Which institute and country do you work in?
Institute of Microbiology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What is your home country?
Angola

What are your research interests?
Adaptive immunology, Regulatory T cells, Allergy

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am a Ph.D. student in the program of Immunology and Inflammation at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. My research line comprises the immunology applied to lung diseases, to mesenchymal stromal cells transplantation and to Zika virus infection. I have an interest in allergic diseases, especially asthma, cell therapy effects on T cells and adaptive immunity against flavivirus.

What are your online profiles?
ResearchGate –  Jamil Kitoko


Braulio ValenciaWhat is your name?
Braulio Mark Valencia Arroyo

What is your current position?
Full time researcher and assistant Professor

Which institute and country do you work in?
Institute of Tropical Medicine Alexander von Humboldt, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru

What is your home country?
Peru

What are your research interests?
Leishmaniasis, Neglected tropical diseases, immunology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I’m a Peruvian MD, MSc, and DTM&H. My research and clinical activities are developed at the Institute of Tropical Medicine “Alexander von Humboldt”, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima – Peru, where I’m making research continuously since 2008. I was a member of the Peruvian Institute of Health (INS, Instituto Nacional de Salud), where I acted as a reviewer of clinical trials in infectious diseases. I’m a full-time researcher, an assistant professor of the undergraduate course of Pharmacology of antibiotics and antiparasitics at the school of medicine-UPCH as well as invited professor of the Gorgas course of Tropical diseases.

Although my research work was oriented to the improvement of diagnosis of Leishmaniasis in endemic settings, development of new therapeutic approaches and evaluation of Leishmania RNA virus 1 in the pathobiology of American Tegumentary Leishmaniasis, I’m really interested in exploring the role of immunity in acquisition of Leishmaniasis, modulation of clinical phenotypes as well as therapy responses. For that reason, I’m interested in exploring more intensively basic research oriented to answer and resolve clinical and therapeutic problems.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Braulio M Valencia Arroyo
ResearchGate – Braulio Valencia

Immunology Keywords: American tegumentary leishmaniasis, innate immunity, adaptive immunity


Giselle IngrattaWhat is your name?
Giselle G. Ingratta.

What is your current position?
Teacher at Immunology area.

Which institute and country do you work in?
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, Cátedra de Inmulogía.

What is your home country?
Argentina.

What are your research interests?
Animal and Human complex diseases, Immunomodulatory mechanisms, Paratuberculosis

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
I am Giselle Gabriela Ingratta, I am 29 years old and I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am a Vet and I am finishing a Biotechnology Masters at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) where I also work as a teacher in the Immunology area. I have been researching on a disease called Paratuberculosis (ptb) that mainly affects livestock but it is not yet known whether it would be related to human Crohn disease. Ptb is a chronic mycobacterial disease characterized by a complex immune response.

Teaching is one of the most things I love to do and because of that one year ago I started a specialty in university teaching of biological sciences at the UBA too.

My research interests are those that involve the immune response against complex disease as ptb and I am also interested in progress on immunotherapy based on stem cells, cytokines, antibodies and their immune regulation, especially as a therapeutic tool.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Giselle Ingratta

Immunology Keywords: Antibacterial immune response, immunomodulation, Veterinary immunology


Juan Sebastian PappalardoWhat is your name?
Juan Sebastian Pappalardo

What is your current position?
Postdoc Research Scientist

Which institute and country do you work in?
National Institute for Agricultural Technology, Animal Health Group, Bionanotechnology & Nanovaccines

What is your home country?
Argentina

What are your research interests?
Vaccines & Immunology, Nanomedicine & Nanodiagnostics, Virology

Tell us about yourself and your research interests:
My work is focused in vaccine research and development of novel diagnostic devices, using immunology, virology, molecular biology and nanotechnology as prime tools.

My research interests are related to dendritic cell targeting and immune response manipulation through vaccination. I’m also interested in cost effective diagnostic devices. In both cases the use of nanotechnology and biotechnology is key.

The Bionanotech & Nanovaccine Lab’s goal at INTA Bariloche is to scout and provide solutions regarding animal health to livestock producers, with particular emphasis in small scale farming and sustainable agriculture. As part of the National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA), we seek frontier bionanotechnology in vaccine research and in diagnostic tools development to be transferred to add value to the agrifood chain (animal health) since we are devoted to the development of high tech animal husbandry which are focused on cost-effective platforms to be used in the territories as well as in human health through our collaborations. To achieve our goal, we have active networking with research labs in Argentina and abroad.

What are your online profiles?
LinkedIn – Juan Sebastian Pappalardo
ResearchGate – Juan Sebastian Pappalardo

Immunology Keywords: Dendritic cell targeting, Nanovaccines, Immune response & memory


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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