- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology research laboratory to conduct proteomic and functional genomics research.
- Immunology and Cell Biology research laboratory has infrastructure to evaluate the immune response at the local, systemic and cellular level using technologies such as cytometric analysis of phenotypic and functional markers and leukocyte products and mediators, real time PCR of gene products and transcription factors, and ex vivo analysis of cells of the inflammatory and immune response.
- Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories have two biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) work areas. One BSL-2 is used to type and phenotypically characterize clinically-relevant microbial pathogens (bacteria and parasites), using conventional culture methods and PCR-based techniques. The second BSL-2 lab is primarily dedicated to molecular diagnosis and is equipped with qPCR technology, a BSC class II biosafety hood, and a four-module GeneXpert platform. The Microbiology Laboratory also has a BSL-3 workspace. These biosecurity features allow the culture and manipulation of aerosol transmissible pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
- Biostatistics and Epidemiology Research Unit collaborates with the other research units and investigators in the planning, execution, and analysis of research studies, with the overall aim of ensuring valid and insightful quantitative analytics.
- Clinical and Community Research Unit coordinates all recruitment, enrollment, and clinical management of participants for studies involving human subjects. It provides patient care for leishmaniasis and syphilis in CIDEIM. Other diagnostic services are provided in the field sites in Tumaco on the Pacific Coast and the municipalities of Rovira in Tolima and Pueblo Rico in Risaralda in the Andean region of Colombia. Importantly, the Clinical Unit has the support of infectious disease specialists from the Fundación Valle del Lili, a high complexity level 4 hospital, and Research Associate investigators who include dermatologist (Dr. Adriana Cruz), and pediatric infectious disease specialist (Dr. Eduardo Lopez) who provide support for the clinical management of complicated or unusual cases.
Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging; Director, Advanced Professional MPH Program; Track Director, Applied Analytic Methods and Epidemiology, Executive MPH; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Core Faculty, National Clinician Scholars Program