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Research and Reports in Tropical Medicine


Dr Unnasch

Global Health, University of South Florida, United States

Dr Unnasch

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Thomas Unnasch

Dr Thomas Unnasch obtained his AB with highest honors in microbiology from Rutgers University in 1976. He received his Ph.D in enzymology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. Following a semester as an instructor at MIT, he joined the laboratory of Dr Dyann F. Wirth at the Harvard School of Public Health. Upon completing his post doctoral fellowship, he joined the division of Geographic Medicine at Case Western University in 1985 as an Assistant Professor. He moved to the division of Geographic Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an associate professor in 1989, attaining the position of Professor in 1997. He moved to the department of Global Health at the University of South Florida in 2008, as Professor and State of Florida World Class Scholar.  He was appointed director the USF Center for Biological Defense in 2009.  He has served on many scientific advisory boards for the World Health Oganization, the Carter Center, the US National Institutes of Health and the Ugandan Onchocerciasis Elimination Committee. He is the author or co-author of over 120 publications in peer reviewed journals. Dr Unnasch’s research interests focus upon filariasis and arboviral infections. 


Dr Rodriguez Valle

Animal Biotechnology Laboratory, The University of Queensland/QAAFI, Australia

Dr Rodriguez Valle

Associate Editor: Dr Manuel Rodriguez Valle

Manuel Rodriguez Valle has a major in Biochemistry and PhD in Genetics obtained at The University of Havana. During his research fellowship in the Virology Institute at the University of Kyoto he demonstrated the effect of oncogenes on the replication of human papilloma virus. In the course of his PhD thesis research, he developed a vaccine against cattle tick (Rhipicephalus microplus), and integrated methods of tick control. In parallel he was a researcher at the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology at Havana, Cuba, focusing in the expression of recombinant proteins for human and animal treatment such as interferon, human tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) and vaccinal antigens. In 2007, as a postdoctoral fellow in Molecular Parasitology at the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries in Queensland, Australia, he worked in reverse vaccinology, genomic and immunology applied to the study of the tick–host interaction in order to develop a new generation of tick vaccine.

Since 2012, Dr Rodriguez-Valle is Senior Research Fellow at The University of Queensland/ Queensland Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation (QAAFI), focusing on the application of biotechnology and genomics to study the host–pathogen interaction to develop vaccines for the control of vector and pathogens that affect human, domestic and wild animals. In 2013 he obtained an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) fellowship to work at USDA-ARS Knipling-Bushland, US Livestock Insects Res. Lab. on a DNA vaccine using multi-epitope genes to protect cattle against ectoparasite. His current research includes the application of genomics and immunology to study Ixodes holocyclus (Australian Paralysis tick) to develop a new control method and paralysis treatment.

Dr Rodriguez-Valle is a member of the Australian Society of Parasitology and International Society for Pest Information (ISPI). At national and international levels, he has served as a member of Australia Research Grant Review panel and on the editorial advisory boards of multiple journals.


Editorial Board

Munir Aktas, Professor, Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Firat, Elazig, Turkey

Beena Antony, Professor, Microbiology Department, Fr. Muller Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Sarath Nanda Arseculeratne, Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Aswathy Sreedevi, Professor in Community Medicine, Amrita School Of Medicine, Kochi, India

Ravindra Kumar Garg, Professor and Head, Department of Neurology, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, India

Jann Hau, Professor in Comparative Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Alan C. Jackson, Professor of Medicine (Neurology) and of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba and Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Jing Liu, Professor, Leader and Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Bayi Children's Hospital, Vice President of Bayi Children's Hospital Affiliated to the Army General Hospital of the Chinese PLA. Beijing, People's Republic of China.

Subhash Chandra Parija, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

Leandra Náira Zambelli Ramalho, Professor, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Alexis Rodríguez-Acosta, Professor, Immunochemistry Section, Tropical Medicine Institute, Central University of Venezuela, Venezuela

George Williams Rutherford, Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA

Preeti Shanbag, Professor & Head, Department of Pediatrics, ESI-PGIMSR & MGM Hospital, Mumbai, India

Ashraf Tawfik Mohamed Soliman, Professor, Consultant Pediatric Endocrinologist, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alexandria, Egypt

Alimuddin Zumla, Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London, London; Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust London, United Kingdom