Ricardo Orbegozo, is a PhD student at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The last 5 years he has been dedicated to research on vaccine development.
His first experience with ‘Reverse Vaccinology’ was at the University of Cordoba, in the research group of Prof. PhD Rodriguez-Ortega and collaborators, working in a project focused in vaccine development in Streptococcus suis.
Later, at the University of Santiago, in the research group of Prof. PhD Ubeira and collaborators, he continued his research formation, this time in the development of vaccines against parasitic helminths. His current thesis is focused on how little synthetic molecules can modulate the immune response of sheep and how they could be used for the development of vaccines against Fasciola hepatica infection.
In addition to vaccine development research, as a veterinary student in Colombia, Ricardo also worked on a project between the University of La Salle and Nestle Venezuela S.A., acquiring strong skills about modern dairy farming and data mining for health care and economic improvement. This job started a big interest about how data mining and computational skills can be applied for animal and human health care improvement. This interest about computational analysis has grown over the time, becoming not only a strong skill, it was also being incorporated as an in silico research (frequently referred as ‘dry-lab’), complementing the in vivo and in vitro research (‘wet-lab’).