Aníbal J. Valentín

Assistant ProfessorAnibal Valentin
Ph.D., 2011; Rutgers University (New Jersey)
ORCID #0000-0002-5959-3184


Academic Department(s)
Microbiology and Immunology


Research Area
Molecular Immunology


Research Interest

Dr. Valentín is interested in studying signaling pathways in immune cells in response to different stimuli and determine how these pathways dictate cellular responses such as survival or cancer development. Lymphocytes and other cells of the immune system are constantly surveilling our bodies and responding to different signals from pathogens, the environment and even other cells. How immune cells integrate these signals will determine how they will respond and eventually defend us or cause a disease. Dr. Valentín’s lab is specifically focused in studying how B lymphocytes respond to viral infections and how their function is affected during the development of autoimmunity and lymphomas. Dr. Valentín’s main goal is to identify and characterize specific signaling pathways in lymphocytes as a way to identify novel biomarkers and drug targets to conditions such as Systemic Lupus Erythematous, Multiple Sclerosis, AIDS, ZIKA-infection and lymphomas. Currently Dr. Valentin’s lab is interested in studying the effect of HIV on B cells. Although HIV traditionally doesn’t infect B cells, it can severely affect their function and B cell lymphomas remain one of the most common neoplastic causes of death among HIV infected patients. Understanding how B cells respond to HIV and how their function is affected is of upmost importance for the development of more effective treatment strategies for patients with AIDS.



Non-peer reviewed
1. A. Valentín Acevedo. ¿Es nuestra responsabilidad vacunarnos? (Is it our responsibility to get vaccinated). November 24, 2015. El Nuevo Día (online version).

2. A. Valentín Acevedo. La ley y el derecho a vacunar (The law and the right to vaccinate). November 25, 2015. El Nuevo Día (online version).


Contact Information

Universidad Central del Caribe
P.O. Box 60327
Bayamón, PR 00960-6032
Tel.: (787) 798-3001 x 2084