Gerardo R. Vasta

University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, USA

Gerardo R. Vasta earned his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1978, and his Ph.D. degree in Zoology in 1980. He conducted postdoctoral studies at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, under an International Fellowship from the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research from Argentina, and later, at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical University of South Carolina, through a Fogarty Scholarship from the National Institutes of Health. In 2007, he received a J. William Fulbright Scholar International Award, US Department of State. He is currently a Professor at the Center of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, Baltimore, Md. His primary scientific interests include innate immune response in vertebrates and invertebrates with particular emphasis on protein-carbohydrate interactions mediated by galectins, C-type and F-type lectins, as well as the molecular and biological aspects of host-parasite interactions. Among his recent scientific accomplishments, the discovery of a new animal lectin family (F-type lectins) with a novel fold and sequence motif has led to an expanding area of research. His laboratory is currently investigating the roles of galectins in development and immunity using Zebrafish as a model organism. Dr. Vasta served as a Division Editor of the Journal of Experimental Zoology, and Editorial Board Member of Developmental and Comparative Immunology, and he is a Member of Review Panels in several federal funding agencies. He has authored over 130 publications and edited books titled New Directions in Invertebrate Immunology (SOS Publications), and Animal Lectins: A Functional View (Taylor and Francis).

Biography Updated on 20 August 2008

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