Segundo Leon, PhD, MSc
Nominated From: University of Washington
Research Site: Peru
Research Area: HIV/AIDS, Diagnostics
Primary Mentor: Jorge Alarcon
Implementation of OLA in Peru
My research is focused on HIV diagnostics. This time I am working on HIV resistance test implementation. Since I met the technology developed by UW based on the Oligonucleotide Ligation Assay in the laboratory of Lisa Frenkel at SCRI, I fell in love with it. Now Lisa and her team are helping me to implement it in Peru.
It is important because HIV/AIDS is an epidemic that affects poor and vulnerable people and testing costs are often non-affordable, especially when resistance analysis needs to be performed. My research will implement a cheap, rapid and affordable test to study HIV resistance in Peru.
Advice for Potential Applicants
Be prepared for eleven months of great experiences through mentorship and research. This could be the beginning of your path as a scientist in the area of your expertise and doing what you know while you are free of external pressure. Be yourself in the field as a new member of the global health community.
Meet Dr. Leon