Henry Puerta-Guardo

Autonomous University of Yucatán

my hometown is Cartagena de Indias in Colombia (South America). In 2004, I finished my university studies and graduated as a bacteriologist at the University of San Buenaventura (Cartagena). Then, I moved to Venezuela where I was granted an international scholarship that supported my master studies in Cellular Biology and Microbiology at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC). After that, I traveled to Mexico where I got my doctorate degree in Virology (Infectomics) at the CINVESTAV-IPN again thanks to the financial support granted by CONACYT-Mexico. Since my master's studies, I have been working on arbovirus pathogenesis trying to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms triggered by host innate and humoral responses against flavivirus infections including DENV and ZIKV. Because of this, I did six intensive years of training as a post-doctoral fellow at the division of infectious diseases and vaccinology of the University of California at Berkeley, where I discovered that the non-structural protein 1 of distinct flavivirus represent a critical viral factor that contributes to viral pathogenesis and potentially disease. Right now, I'm still connected to the UC Berkeley team and also I joined an incredible multidisciplinary team of entomologists, sociologists, physicians, and nurses among others at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mérida, Mexico, and the University of Emory at Georgia, where I work and learn about the dynamics of mosquito transmitted viruses and vector control strategies.