Touz Laboratory

        Dra. María Carolina Touz

 Dra. María Carolina Touz se graduó como Bioquímica en la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina y obtuvo su doctorado en Ciencias Químicas en la misma Universidad en 2001. Después se mudó a los EE.UU. para llevar a cabo de cuatro años de estudios post-doctorales en el Laboratorio de Enfermedades Parasitarias, Institutos Nacionales de Salud, bajo la tutoría del Dr. Theodore Nash. Actualmente es Investigador Independiente del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) y co-dirige el Laboratorio de Microbiología e Inmunología del Instituto Ferreyra en Córdoba, Argentina. Su especialidad es el estudio de los mecanismos moleculares implicados en el tráfico vesicular a las vacuolas tipo-lisosoma en el parásito intestina Giardia lamblia. En particular, su trabajo describe la maquinaria reducida compuesta por proteínas adaptadoras y clatrina en el transporte de hidrolasas lisosomales. Su trabajo se centra en varias cuestiones importantes relacionadas no sólo a los mecanismos básicos de tráfico intracelular de proteínas durante el crecimiento y la diferenciación de Giardia, sino también a su relación con la patogenia y la transmisión de este parásito.

ctouz@immf.uncor.edu

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Rópolo Laboratory

           Dra. Andrea Rópolo 

 

Dr. Andrea Rópolo is an Independent Researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and Associate Professor of Human Histology at the National University of Córdoba. She received her PhD in Chemical Sciences in 2001 from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. She carried out her post-doctoral studies at the Faculty of Medicine of the National University of Córdoba. Currently, she co-directs the Laboratory of Microbiology and Immunology of the Ferreyra Institute in Córdoba, where she is carrying out studies on the intestinal parasite Giardia lamblia. In particular, Dr. Rópolo studies how post-translational modifications of proteins influence survival and the process of differentiation to cysts. In turn, she studies the mechanisms of nuclear translocation of proteins and the possibility of using inhibitors of this mechanism as antiparasitic drugs.

aropolo@immf.uncor.edu

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Raimunda Laboratory

         Dr. Daniel Raimunda

Dr. Daniel Raimunda graduated from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina, as Biochemist. He obtained his doctorate from the same institution in 2009 defending his thesis on studies of the metabolic regulation of the Sodium / Calcium squid transporter. Afterwards, he did his post- doctoral studies for three years with Dr. José M. Argüello in Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, USA. There, his research focused on the functional roles of transition metal ATPases (PIB- ATPases ) in virulent bacterial organisms (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium smegmatis). Since 2012, as a CONICET investigator, he leads his lab which research has been focused in the roles of transition metal transporters of the Cation Diffusion Facilitator (CDF) family in pathogenic and beneficial bacteria. His actual and future work is directed towards i) the  understanding of the structural determinants that confer the Fe2+, Mn2+ and Co2+ specificity to non-Zn-CDFs sub-groups and ii) gaining insights about the roles of transition metals in bacterial antibiotic resistance.

draimunda@immf.uncor.edu 

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