I obtained my PhD in 2011 at University of Valencia (Spain) with high honours under the supervision of Dr. Rafael Toledo and J. Guillermo Esteban. My interests during my PhD were the host-parasite interactions at a proteomics and immunological level in the Echinostoma-rodent. In 2012 I was appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at James Cook University at the laboratory of Alex Loukas. 

My research focus is the analysis of the proteomes and secretomes of parasites and how they orchestrate a parasitic existence. I am also interested in the host-parasite relationships, with a particular emphasis on soil-transmitted helminths (e.g. hookworms, whipworms, roundworms) and water-borne trematodes such as Schistosoma spp. I have described the excretory-secretory proteins of different helminths and have been involved in in analyses of large-scale sequence datasets generated from a range of parasites (i.e. transcriptomes). I recently focused my attention to study small-secreted parasitic vesicles (exosomes) and their implication in parasite-host communication and the modulation of the host’s immune response.

  • Proteomics of helminths
  • Host-parasite interactions
  • 2013 to present - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2013 - Proteomics Laboratory Manager, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2006 to 2010 - PhD student, University of Valencia (Valencia, Spain)
  • 2008 - Visiting scientist, The Queen's University of Belfast (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2006 to 2010 - PhD fellowship by Ministry of Education (Spain)
  • 2004 to 2005 - Honours student fellowship
  • 2013 - Current member of the Australian Society for Parasitology
  • 2008 - Current member of the Spanish Society for Proteomics
  • 2006 - Curent member of the Spanish Society for Parasitology
  • 2013 - Reviewer for scientific journals such as PLoS NTD and Journal of Helminthology
  • 2011 to 2012 - Grant reviewer for the Spanish Agency of Evaluation and Research (ANEP)

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National Institute of Health - RO1

Carcinogenic liver fluke infection: Gene editing- and vaccination-mediated approaches to interrupt host-parasite communication

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$825,674 over 5 years (administered by George Washington University)
Long term infection with liver fluke - a food-borne parasitic worm - leads to cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), a form of liver cancer with a dismal prognosis. Previously we identified proteins and vesicles from these parasites that may cause this cancer. This new project will investigate the roles of these parasite proteins and vesicles in cancer, which may lead to new treatments and control for fluke infection and CCA.
Alex Loukas, Michael Smout and Javier Sotillo-Gallego (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Cancer; Infectious disease; Parasite; CRISPR/Cas9; Vaccines

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