Maria Del Mar Ortega-Villaizan

Miguel Hernandez University

Dr. Ortega-Villaizan obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alicante, Spain, in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences (Fish Population Genetics) at the University of Tohoku, Japan, in 2005. In her postdoctoral period, she began working as a researcher at the Institute of Research, Development, and Innovation in Healthcare Biotechnology in Elche (IDiBE), University Miguel Hernandez (UMH), Spain. Dr. Ortega-Villaizan was working as a postdoctoral researcher in what would be her current research line, which is the search of therapies and prophylactics against viral pathologies in aquaculture, specifically in the context of the fish immune response. In 2014, she was granted an ERC Starting Grant, which commenced in 2015 at the IDiBE-UMH. Dr. Ortega-Villaizan was leading her own laboratory to investigate the crosstalk between red and white blood cells in the context of viral infections and DNA vaccine immunizations to elucidate the role of red blood cells in the fish immune response. Since 2018, she has been an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UMH. Her current research interests are the red blood cells of fish and their involvement in fish immune response and as target cells in the search for therapies or prophylactics against fish viral infections.

Maria Del Mar Ortega-Villaizan

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Infectious microbial agents such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites can cause pathological disorders and even death in organisms exposed to the environment. However, organisms have an immune system to control infection caused by pathogens. The immune system is divided into the innate and the adaptive immune systems. The innate immune system is the first mechanism to respond to infections, whereas the adaptive immune system is based on immune memory. This book provides an overview of antiviral and antibacterial immune responses in different immune-reactive organs and across different animal species, from higher to lower vertebrates.

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Antimicrobial Immune Response Edited by Maria Del Mar Ortega-Villaizan

Antimicrobial Immune Response

Edited by Maria Del Mar Ortega-Villaizan