Dr Mario Rodriguez-Perez
Editor-in-Chief: Dr Rodriguez-Perez
Dr Rodriguez-Perez studied his B.Sc. (Biology) and M.Sc. (Medical Entomology) at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico (1984-1990), his PhD (Biological Sciences) at the University of Salford Manchester, England, U.K. (1995-9), completed his Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Riverside, U.S.A. (2004), Center for Biological Research & Nacional Unit for Proteomics (Nacional Center for Biotechnology, CSIC), and National Center for Microbiology (Carlos III Public Health Institute), Madrid, Spain (2007-8, 2015-6, respectively).He is, currently, the Director, Head of a Research Laboratory and Full Professor at the Center for Biotechnology and Genomics (CBG), National Polytechnic Institute (IPN).
He is also a National (Mexico) Investigator Level III (effective from 2016-20) at the Mexican National System for Research (CONACyT). He has been a consulting-collaborator for Entomology/Epidemiology, since 1995, of the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (OEPA: The Carter Center/ Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/ Merck Sharp & Dohme/ Lions Club International); and, since 2002, he has been a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.
His lab initiated work on onchocerciasis in 1990, performing studies on entomology and epidemiology of onchocerciasis. Where they evaluated the ivermectin program since its beginning to the time it was suspended given that they could demonstrate that the parasite transmission had been interrupted. They continued investigating onchocerciasis until they demonstrated that transmission had not resumed in the three foci of Mexico during the three years since the last distribution of ivermectin occurred; it was concluded that transmission remained undetectable without intervention, and Onchocerca volvulus has been eliminated from Mexico. Several peer-reviewed articles resulted from those studies on onchocerciasis. In parallel, the lab has expanded research towards other infectious diseases such as arthropod borne diseases. In particular, they have been working on dengue since the last six years. To date, these dengue studies have resulted in the publication of nine manuscripts on this subject in journals in the first quartile of impact with international circulation in which he is the author or co-author. Dr Rodriguez-Perez has also been collaborating with his students and colleagues at CBG investigating Helicobacter pylori, Bbdelovibrio, polydnavirus and other microorganisms. Ten PhD, and five MSc students were under his supervision during the last five years in the lab.