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Mario Grijalva, PhD

Mario Grijalva
Director, Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute; Professor, Microbiology
Irvine 333, Athens Campus
Biomedical Sciences
Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute
  • B.S. in Biology from Catholic University, Quito, Ecuador (1991)
  • Ph.D. in Immuno-parasitology and Molecular and Cellular Biology from Ohio University, Athens, OH (1997)
  • Postdoctoral training in Immunology and Molecular Parasitology at the Division of Parasitic Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA (1997-1999)
  • Improving safety of the blood supply
  • Serological and epidemiological studies in Chagas disease endemic areas of Ecuador and in the United States
  • Biological and physiological studies of Chagas disease vectors from Ecuador
  • Ecology of mammalian  T. cruzi  reservoirs and characterization of  T. cruzi  strains present in Ecuador and the USA.
  • Development of research infrastructure and improvement of research training in Ecuador.
  • Healthy Living Initiative: Long term Chagas disease Control via social development
  • Global Health
  • Tropical Diseases
Summary of Work:
Research in my laboratory has three major components and six focus areas that are interrelated and complementary to each other. These major components include the study of the biology and epidemiology of Chagas disease in Ecuador and in the United States; the improvement of the safety of the blood supply in developing countries; and the Healthy Living Initiative. Activities related to these research foci take place in my laboratory at Ohio University, Athens, OH, as well as in the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL) at Catholic University, Quito, Ecuador.