The professor of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Susana López Charretón will receive on Monday the Honoris Causa Doctorate from the Jesuit University System to which the ITESO for "his passionate study of viruses, particularly rotavirus; her commitment to scientific dissemination and her constant support to women in science. "
Grateful and content, López Charretón recalled that began studying rotavirus because Romilio ] Espejo, one of his teachers, began research on the subject in Mexico . "I found it very interesting. Rotaviruses are viruses that mainly affect children under two years of age and until recently caused half a million deaths per year; a serious problem. "
The specialist said that thanks to the vaccine, the number of deaths in the world has dropped to 200 thousand children under two years:" It remains a very important problem in health , as a molecular biologist, I am interested in the biology of the virus. In Mexico, we are fortunate that the vaccine was started in 2006, and having five thousand deaths a year fell to less than half. "
He explained that the virus occurs mainly in the winter months , from October to March, and although it also attacks adults, minors are the most vulnerable s.
On his work, he added that together with his team he has worked with the virus transmitted by mosquitoes, such as dengue or zika, and advanced that seek to develop a system to detect if a person had these diseases .
Committed to research
Susana López Charretón is a graduate of the degree, Master's and Doctorate in Basic Biomedical Research from the Institute of Biomedical Research of UNAM . He has researched and developed research work in functional genomics of host virus-cell interaction, and epidemiology, diagnosis and viral metagenomics.