Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Claudia Herrera

Research Assistant Professor - Public Health and Tropical Medicine

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Department Affiliation
Public Health and Tropical Medicine

  • B.S., Microbiology, University of Los Andes, 1994
  • M.S., Microbiology, University of Los Andes, 1998
  • M.S., Department of Advanced Studies (DEA), Universidad de Valencia, 2007
  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Los Andes, 2008
Academic Experience
  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, 2015-
  • Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, 2012-2014
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Los Andes, 2004-2012

Research & Teaching Specializations: Tropical Medicine, Microbiology, Tropical Parasitology, Colombia

Related Experience
  • Research Fellow, Research Center in Microbiology and Tropical Parasitology ,University of Los Andes, 1994-2011
  • Carol Lavin Faculty Grant, Tulane University, 2016
  • Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching Grant/Tulane University, 2016-2017, 2015-2016
  • Scholarship, COLCIENCIAS, National Doctorates, 2003-2007
  • Spanish
  • French
Overseas Experience
  • Colombia
  • Spain
  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
Selected Publications
  • 2019. “Molecular Genotyping of Trypanosoma cruzi by Next-Generation Sequencing of the Mini-Exon Gene Reveals Infections With Multiple Parasite Discrete Typing Units in Chagasic Patients From Yucatan, Mexico,” with Villanueva-Lizama, L., Teh-Poot, C., Majeau, A., and Dumonteil, E. The Journal of infectious diseases. 219(12):1980-1988.
  • 2019. “Trypanosoma cruzi diversity in naturally infected nonhuman primates in Louisiana assessed by deep sequencing of the mini-exon gene,” with Majeau, A., Didier, P., Falkenstein, K.P., and Dumonteil, E. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 113(5):281-286.
  • 2019. “A therapeutic preconceptional vaccine against Chagas disease: A novel indication that could reduce congenital transmission and accelerate vaccine development,” with Dumonteil, E. and Buekens P. PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 13(1):e0006985.
  • 2019. “An Improved Approach to Trypanosoma cruzi Molecular Genotyping by Next-Generation Sequencing of the Mini-exon Gene,” with Majeau, A. and Dumonteil E. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.). 1955:47-60.
  • 2018. “Detailed ecological associations of triatomines revealed by metabarcoding and next-generation sequencing: implications for triatomine behavior and Trypanosoma cruzi transmission cycles,” with Dumonteil, E., Ramirez-Sierra, M.J., Pérez-Carrillo, S., Teh-Poot, C., Gourbière, S., and Waleckx, E. Scientific reports. 8(1):4140.
  • 2017. “Ten years of Chagas disease research: Looking back to achievements, looking ahead to challenges,” with Dumonteil, E. PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 11(4):e0005422.

Latin American-Related Courses Taught in Last 2 years: Chagas Capstone Independent Studies

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