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Immunopaedia Ambassadors – South America

Our Ambassadors from across South America.


Jose MateusWhat 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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