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University of Alberta
Department of Cell Biology and Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology

5-14 Medical Sciences Building, Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2H7

Research Interests



Dr. Daniel Limonta’s training and research is focused on lessening the health and economic burden of global pathogens such as dengue and zika viruses. Today, he is receiving post-doctoral training in cell biology and molecular virology at the University of Alberta and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology in Edmonton, Canada. The University of Alberta is among the top-ranking universities in Canada. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Havana School of Medicine, the most prestigious school of medicine in Cuba. In 2014, he completed his PhD dissertation at the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK) in Havana, Cuba. IPK is the national reference center for infectious diseases and a Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center for the Study of Dengue and its Vector. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the association of apoptosis (programmed cell death) with clinical manifestations of dengue hemorrhagic fever. Throughout his research career, Dr. Daniel has published peer-reviewed manuscripts in leading journals in the area of infectious diseases and virology. Most of these publications are on dengue and zika viruses.
Daniel has presented his research at international conferences and scientific institutions in Spain, Brazil, US, Italy, Israel, Germany, Canada and Oman. As a result of his research accomplishments, he was twice the recipient of the most prestigious annual award from the National Academy of Sciences (2009 and 2013) in Cuba. In 2009, he also received the most important individual annual award from the Ministry of Health in Cuba. Dr. Daniel was honoured to be elected as the first Young Affiliate Fellow from Cuba of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). More recently, he has received Postdoctoral Travel Awards of the American Society for Virology and the American Society for Microbiology to present his Zika virus research in the US.