Research Fellows Directory
HECTOR MANUEL DIAZ ALBITER
Dr HECTOR MANUEL DIAZ ALBITER SNI-1 (Mexico)
University of Glasgow
Mexico: Our group was the first to incriminate the kissing bug Meccus pallidipennis as the main vector of Chagas disease in the State of Mexico. Our research has focused mainly in understanding the epidemiology of the disease and the role of non-human domestic reservoirs in transmission and their relationship with the vector. We are also planning the delineation of the gut transcriptome of M. pallidipennis in a joint project with a group in Brazil, an unprecedented work on a Mexican triatomine. We are also interested in development of vector-based vaccines We are working on a novel national vaccine against the medically-important tick Rhipicephalus microplus using samples from different regions of Mexico.
Brazil: I am developing non-invasive RNA-mediated gene knockdown of enzymes of physiological relevance in insect vectors of Dengue (Aedes aegypti), Chagas disease (Rhodnius prolixus) and Leishmaniasis (Lutzomyia longipalpis). The aim of these studies is to expand our current knowledge regarding the role of digestive enzymes in physiology of pathogen transmission as well as towards development of next generation insecticides. I am also part of the Lutzomyia longipalpis genome project. I am also coordinator of www.bugbrotherbrazil.com, a science communication website aiming to show the general public interesting aspects of insect vector biology.