Postdoctoral fellow honoured by the by the Fonds de recherche du Québec ─ Health
Guillermo Arango Duque Wins the Relève étoile Jacques-Genest Award
The promising young scientist, Guillermo Arango Duque, was awarded the Relève étoile Jacques-Genest March 2020 by the Fonds de recherche du Québec — Santé for an article published in the prestigious journal PLOS Pathogens, in which he is the first author.
“I am moved and very proud of this recognition not only for my research work, but also for my commitment to the study of neglected tropical infectious diseases, “ says the postdoctoral fellow in cell biology at INRS.
“When I first read the term "leishmaniac" in a parasitology book, I found it really amusing, because the term indicates someone who is studies leishmaniasis. So I am proud to be a leishmaniac!”
His article focuses on the virulence strategy used by the Leishmania parasite which to exploit an intracellular transport mechanism already present in macrophages, a type of white blood cell of the immune system, to spread its virulence factors. “This is an important discovery in the field that sheds light on how the parasite survives in a cell. Knowing which cellular molecules are hijacked by Leishmania opens the door to new treatments. We could target specific pathways in the infected cell to prevent the parasite's intracellular survival without perturbing host cell physiology.”
The award, which comes with a $1,000 grant, encourages Guillermo to pursue his research career and may enable him to obtain more funding for his future work. “It's an indicator of success for the funding.”
His research on the biology of infected macrophages in the context of infection will allow him to apply this knowledge to the study of how macrophages, and other cells of the immune system, contribute to the development of cardiometabolic diseases. It is on this research that he will carry out his next postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital — Harvard Medical School in the United States. More motivated than ever, Guillermo Arango Duque has a great research career on the horizon. ♦
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