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Ruth Aguilar Serrano

Ruth Aguilar Serrano

Staff Scientist Malaria Elimination, Malaria

Ruth Aguilar is currently staff scientist at the Malaria Immunology Group in ISGlobal. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Malaria Research Institute in the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (2004-2006), working on several studies that involved state-of-the-art molecular biology and functional genomics of the mosquito-malaria system. In 2006 she joined the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB, now ISGlobal) as a Research Associate working at the Manhiça Health Research Center (CISM) in Mozambique. At CISM she coordinated the development of several studies on the parasitology and immunology of malaria in the laboratory, being responsible for standard operating procedure development and implementation, sample processing, and training and supervision of the lab personnel. During 2008-2013 she was a senior postdoctoral fellow at ISGlobal working on the study of the etiology and risk factors of anemia in children from Manhiça.

Since 2014, she is Staff Scientist within the Malaria Immunology Group supporting the PI in the technical supervision and coordination of laboratory activities related to several large multicenter studies on immunity to malaria vaccine candidates and immune responses to Plasmodium parasites in vulnerable populations, including training and implementation of the Luminex technology for biomarker research. Recently her team is also expanding the use of the Luminex technology to serological and biomarker studies in the context of other infections besides malaria.

Lines Of Research

  • Study of the factors involved the development of naturally acquired immunity to malaria.
  • Study of the immune response to the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate and its associations to risk/protection of clinical malaria.
  • Study of biomarkers associated to tolerance/susceptibility to clinical malaria.
  • Biomarker research in other infections besides malaria.

Main Publications