Direct impact in the well being of millions of people.
Malaria is among the most deadly diseases. Malaria, transmitted by Anopheles spp. mosquitoes, causes an untold number of deaths every year; affecting young children in particular. Economically, vector borne diseases cost millions of lost man-hours throughout the tropics.
Studying vector biology leads to better disease control.
Disease outbreaks are correlated with vector density. However, there are gaps in our knowledge in control and surveillance. Improvements in these areas will lead to better disease control.
We can be multidisciplinary.
Vector borne diseases are complex. For this reason we use a multidisciplinary set of tools to understand the diseases vectors. The tools we use range from molecular biology to population genetics and information technologies. We like being multifaceted.
Saul Lozano, PhD
Saul is a task oriented creative thinker. He learned by himself many aspects of computer technologies, from coding to system administration. He has put his computer skills creating data capture websites that produce on-line maps. He uses the same skill to manage large and complex datasets, like those produced in bioinformatics. He enjoys challenging research questions and will find a way to solve them.