I obtained a bachelor degree in Biological Sciences at the University of San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima, Peru in 1996. In 2004 I was awarded the Overseas Research Student Scheme Award, funded by the British government to conduct Ph.D. studies at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), in England, under the supervision of Selwyn Lloyd professor Harold Townson. In Per˙, I worked in industry (1997-2000), for the Ministry of Health (2000-2002) and from 2002 to 2004 I was appointed as an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Biological Sciences (UNMSM). While studying a Ph.D., I worked as a demonstrator, teaching parasitology at the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the LSTM. I am currently a lecturer at the Department of Biology of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). In addition to my intensive work as a lecturer in these three countries, I have also conducted research focused on the study of insect vectors, as a way to control parasitic and viral diseases. My thesis was focused on the molecular phylogenetics of the Anopheles barbirostris group. The results of this study helped clarify the species composition of this group, which vary in their importance as vectors of malaria in Southeast Asia. I have also worked on the biology and epidemiology of vectors of Chagas disease (Per˙) in vector control strategies of bluetongue disease (Spain) and Aedes aegypti (Peru). I am currently involved in a study on molecular population genetics of Aedes albopictus in Spain. I am interested in using molecular-based techniques to understand the taxonomy, phylogenetic relationships and evolution of parasites and their vectors, to improve vector control strategies. Understanding the mechanisms behind insecticide resistance is my mid-term scientific goal.
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