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Julio Alonso

Julio Alonso

Assistant Research Professor

Julio Alonso Padilla graduated in Biology in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology in the same university in 2010. He worked for several years with viruses of veterinary and medical relevance before switching subjects to Parasitology. At present he is responsible for the laboratory of Trypanosoma cruzi biology at ISGlobal. This protozoan parasite causes Chagas disease, a neglected zoonosis that affects millions of people worldwide, the majority of them in Latin America. The main research lines of the lab include the identification of new therapeutic interventions against T. cruzi infection, and the implementation of more practical diagnostics.

Lines of Research

  • New therapeutic interventions for Chagas disease.
  • Implementation of more practical diagnostic algorithms in highly endemic areas with low resources.

Main Publications

  • Host-Derived Molecules as Novel Chagas Disease Biomarkers: Hypercoagulability Markers in Plasma. Alonso-Padilla J, Tassies D, Cortes-Serra N, Gascon J, Reverter JC, Pinazo MJ. Methods Mol Biol. 2019;1955:275-286. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-9148-8_21.
  • Molecular diagnostics for Chagas disease: up to date and novel methodologies. Alonso-Padilla J, Gallego M, Schijman AG, Gascon J. Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2017 Jul;17(7):699-710. doi: 10.1080/14737159.2017.1338566. Epub 2017 Jun 9.
  • Rapid diagnostic tests duo as alternative to conventional serological assays for conclusive Chagas disease diagnosis. Egüez KE, Alonso-Padilla J, Terán C, Chipana Z, García W, Torrico F, Gascon J, Lozano-Beltran DF, Pinazo MJ. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Apr 3;11(4):e0005501. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005501. eCollection 2017 Apr.
  • Development of Novel Adenoviral Vectors to Overcome Challenges Observed With HAdV-5-based Constructs. Alonso-Padilla J, Papp T, Kaján GL, Benko M, Havenga M, Lemckert A, Harrach B, Baker AH. Mol Ther. 2016 Feb;24(1):6-16. doi: 10.1038/mt.2015.194. Epub 2015 Oct 19.
  • Automated high-content assay for compounds selectively toxic to Trypanosoma cruzi in a myoblastic cell line. Alonso-Padilla J, Cotillo I, Presa JL, Cantizani J, Peña I, Bardera AI, Martín JJ, Rodriguez A. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Jan 23;9(1):e0003493. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003493. eCollection 2015 Jan.