Dr. Ricardo Correa: New graduate of the successful PhD program of Acharya Nagarjuna University of India and INDICASAT AIP of Panama.

His thesis on suicidal signals carried by Extracellular Vesicles of Plasmodium falciparum resulted in three important publications:

Extracellular vesicles could carry an evolutionary footprint in interkingdom communication. Ricardo Correa, Zuleima Caballero, Luis Fernando De León and Carmenza Spadafora. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 03 March 2020 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2020.00076

Extracellular vesicles carrying lactate dehydrogenase induce suicide in increased population density of Plasmodium falciparum in vitro. Ricardo Correa M, Lorena M Coronado, Zuleima Caballero, Paula Faral, Carlos Robello and Carmenza Spadafora. Scientific Reports 9, Article number: 5042 (2019

Volatile organic compounds associated with Plasmodium falciparum infection in vitro. Ricardo Correa, Lorena M. Coronado, Anette C. Garrido, Armando A. Durant-Archibold and Carmenza Spadafora. Parasites and Vectors. 2017 May 2;10(1):215

A summary of these findings was presented in the recent conference of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Washington, D.C. Big congratulations!

Visiting Prof. Hyan-Ju Park from South Korea shared her knowledge with our lab team

Dr. HyunJu Park shares with the Spadafora Lab in the weekly lab meetings.

Dr. Hyan-Ju Park, Professor at the School of Pharmacy of Sungkyunkwan University, in South Korea, spent some months with us sharing her expertise in medicinal chemistry, which was very valuable to our group of bioassays in parasites of tropical diseases and cancer. Some of the best molecules that we have published together with our collaborators were analyzed with her and new ideas for progressing analogs of those natural products were discussed. This is headed to be an important Panama-South Korea collaboration in the area of drug discovery. This exchange from visiting Prof. Park adds to the similar ongoing work established some years ago between our group and the Ocean University of Qindao, China.

Dr. Park with the Spadafora team at INDICASAT AIP.