Germán Rosas-Acosta was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, where he graduated with a B.S. degree in microbiology in 1989. After working for 3 years at Instituto de Inmunologia, Hospital San Juan de Dios, under the direction of Dr. Manuel E. Patarroyo, Dr. Rosas-Acosta moved to New York to work in the Department of Parasitology at the New York University Medical Center, where he obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. After two postdoctoral appointments, the first at the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University, under the direction of Dr. Max D. Summers, and the second at the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Pathogenesis at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Van G. Wilson, Dr. Rosas-Acosta was recruited to the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he is currently an Assistant Professor. Dr. Rosas-Acosta has published numerous research and review papers on the interactions established between viruses and the cellular SUMOylation of the host, and his laboratory was the first one to identify the cellular SUMOylation system as an important player during influenza virus infection, an area in which his laboratory is the unquestionable leader. Dr. Rosas-Acosta’s research is aimed at the molecular characterization of the interactions established between the cellular SUMOylation system and human viruses, with a special emphasis on the influenza A virus, with the ultimate goal of developing new therapeutic and prophylactic treatments against viral infections.
Biography Updated on 1 August 2013