Daniel Limonta

 

Institutional Contact

University of Alberta

Department of Cell Biology Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology

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

Biography

Dr. Daniel Lemonta’s training and research is focused on lessening the health and economic burden of global pathogens such as dengue virus. 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. 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 (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) 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. Most of these publications are on dengue virus.
Daniel has presented his dengue research at international conferences and scientific institutions in Spain, Brazil, US, Italy, Israel, 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, I also received the most important individual annual award from the Ministry of Health in Cuba. Very recently, Dr. Daniel was honoured to be elected as the first Young Affiliate Fellow from Cuba of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He has been also very fortunate to receive many other research awards including Brazilian, Israeli and Italian travel fellowships, US visiting scholarships, and a Brazilian MSc Cellular and Molecular Biology fellowship.