Talena Ledon is the Head of the Department of Molecular Biology at the National Center for Scientific Research (Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas, CNIC), in Havana, Cuba. She received her B.S. degree in biochemistry from the Faculty of Biology, University of Havana, Cuba, in 1995. Since her graduation, she has been working at CNIC, and she has focused her work on the development of live attenuated vaccine for oral immunization against cholera. She contributed to the achievement of important advances in the field of cholera vaccinology and in the field of fundamental research of molecular pathogenesis evidenced by numerous publications in prestigious journal and two patents (PCT/CU98/00008 and PCT/CU2004/000002) granted in several countries. She has implemented different animal models for cholera research and, during her Ph.D. years, she is working in genetic and phenotypic characterization of Vibrio cholerae strains from O139 serogroup, in order to obtain a vaccine candidate against O139 cholera which fulfills the requirements to be evaluated in humans.
Biography Updated on 18 October 2011