I have been working on the evaluation of particulate matter toxicity for over 25 years. I was affiliated to the National Cancer Institute of Mexico since 1992 and in our group we were among the first to describe the importance of composition of particulate matter when it comes to the toxic effects. In 2015 I moved to Sweden to take over an inhalation toxicology project at SWETOX.
BaSc on Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, National University of Mexico, 1987-1991
Master in Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry), Faculty of Medicine, National University of Mexico, 1993-1996
Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Mexico, 1997-2004
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pneumology Department of the K.U. Leuven, 2006-2008
My main interest is the evaluation of the local and systemic endothelial dysfunction induced by PM10, PM2.5 and nanoparticles. I am focused on characterizing PM10 and PM2.5, evaluating the effects that particles have when epithelial cells, endothelial cells and monocytes are exposed. I am measuring cytotoxic and genotoxic effects, proinflammatory molecules, adhesion molecules and its receptors. We are developing and improving in vitro models, and recreating the alveolo-vascular communication.
Academic honors, awards and prizes
National Researcher level 2, National Council of Sciences, Mexico, 2015-2018
National Researcher level 1, National Council of Sciences, Mexico, 2004-2014
High scientific productivity award, Ministry of Health, Mexico, 1998-1999, 2003, 2005, 2008-2010, 2014.
European Respiratory Society Fellow, Scholarship number 80, 2006
Guest Professor at the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department, University of Utah, Summer 2005
Scholarship from the Royal Society of London for 3 months internship at the University of Nottingham, 1999 and 2003.