Universidad del Quindio
SECTION III. PROTISTS
Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Quindio. Editor in chief of Infectio (Official Journal of Colombian Association of Infectious Diseases, ISSN 0123-9392) and member of the editorial Board, International Journal of Food Microbiology June 2014-June 2017. Medical degree from the University of Quindio with a Master’s degreee in Tropical Biomedicine (MSc) from the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (Belgium), Doctorate degree (PhD) in Parasite Biology from the University of Reims (France). Postdoctoral degree in Biomolecular Spectroscopy from the Institute of Biomolecular of the University of Reims (France). Former professor at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá, and former Master program director of Health in the Tropic. Author of 124 full articles, a medical protozoology book, editor of molecular biology book, seven book chapters and over 100 presentations at national and international conferences. He has directed 14 Master’s thesis, 2 doctoral thesis and obtained six national and two international awards for research (Infectious Diseases Society of America and American Health Foundation). He was president (2011-2013) of the Colombian Association of Infectious Diseases, a member of the Colombian Association of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, member of the Colombian Academy of Medicine and an honorary member of the Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology Bogotana. Has been a reviewer for journals such as Lancet, PLoS One, Experimental Parasitology, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Acta Tropica, Vaccine, Indian Medical Journal, BMC Infectious Diseases, International Journal of Infectious Disease and reviewer of projects for Colciencias, Pan American Health Organization and CYTED (Cooperation for the Development of Science in Spain). He conducted the first study of molecular typing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Latin America. He pioneered fishing for genes through bioinformatics methods in Colombia, and alongside his group made notes of several genes in the parasite Toxoplasma, and cloned and purified several proteins from these. He conducted several studies in the areas of diagnosis and molecular epidemiology in undergraduate and graduate studies. In parasitology he described the current epidemiological situation of congenital and ocular toxoplasmosis in Colombia, the main risk factors associated to the acquisition of this disease, performed evaluation and validation of diagnosis tests and lead the elaboration of national evidence- based guidelines for congenital toxoplasmosis and the first description of pathogen protozoa by molecular methods in drinkable water in Colombia. In 2012 was invited to be part of the FAO and WHO Expert Meeting on Food-borne Parasites. In July 2013 he was nominated for the WHO expert elicitation on foodborne diseases on toxoplasmosis. He is particularly interested into develop methods to monitoring and control waterborne and food protozoa and in developing a vaccine for human toxoplasmosis.