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Melisa Gualdrón López​

Melisa Gualdrón-López is a molecular parasitologist interested in Neglected Tropical Diseases. During her career she has specialized in the study of Trypanosomatid parasites: Leishmania mexicana (parasite responsible for cutaneous Leishmaniasis in the New World), Trypanosoma brucei, the etiologic agent of human Sleeping Sickness in Africa and T. cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas Disease. Her research has focused in understanding the parasites energy metabolism with the objective of identifying chemotherapeutic targets. She is also interested in host-parasite interactions and in the immune response mechanisms that fight infections caused by Malaria parasites. In 2016, she joined the PVREX group to study extracellular vesicles derived from Plasmodium vivax humanized mice models aiming to identify potential biomarkers of latent liver infections.