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
Immunology
Molecular Immunology

 

Research Interest

I am interested in studying signaling pathways in immune cells in response to different stimuli, such as viral infections and determine how these pathways dictate cellular responses such like survival and cancer development.

Lymphocytes and other cells of the immune system are constantly surveilling our body and responding to pathogens, the environment and even other cells. The process of integrating these signals will determine how they will respond and eventually defend us or cause a disease. My lab is specifically focused in studying how B lymphocytes respond to viral antigens and how their function is affected during viral infections, autoimmunity and lymphomas. One of our main goals is to identify and characterize specific signaling pathways in human B cells as a way to identify novel biomarkers and potential drug targets to conditions such as Systemic Lupus Erythematous, Multiple Sclerosis, AIDS, ZIKA-infection and lymphomas. Currently we are studying the effect of HIV on B cells. Although HIV traditionally does not 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.

 

Publications

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1FA5Ag6nojNAx/collections/50909412/public/

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). http://www.elnuevodia.com/ciencia/ciencia/nota/esnuestraresponsabilidadvacunarnos-2130376/

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). http://www.elnuevodia.com/ciencia/ciencia/nota/laleyyelderechoavacunar-2130864/

 

Contact Information

Universidad Central del Caribe
P.O. Box 60327
Bayamón, PR 00960-6032
Tel.: (787) 798-3001 x 2084
e-mail: anibal.valentin@uccaribe.edu