Juan Anguita completed his Ph.D. degree on animal health in 1993 from the University of Leon in Spain. After completion of a postdoctoral stay in Dr. Erol Fikrig laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine (Section of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine) he was promoted to the position of an Associate Research Scientist. In 2000, Dr. Anguita moved to the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as an Assistant Professor. In 2005, Dr. Anguita moved to the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he serves as an Associate Professor. Dr. Anguita is interested in the study of the immune response to infectious agents, in particular the causative agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is a tickborne infection that is endemic in the United States and parts of Europe. The disease can evolve into inflammatory conditions affecting the cardiovascular, nervous, and muskuloskeletal systems. Lyme arthritis is one of the most prevalent symptoms occurring during the disease. Dr. Anguita's group is studying the response of innate immune cells, particularly macrophages, to B. burgdorferi, with a particular attention to the activation and phagocytic activities of these cells. Dr. Anguita is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Immunology and is part of the Editorial Board of Infectious and Immunity.
Biography Updated on 27 October 2010