Instrumental Access 2021
Pontificia Universidad Católica del EcuadorDepartment of Biological Sciences
Fighting infectious diseases in Ecuador
Meet our Awardee
Research AreasThe department’s research interests include antimicrobial resistance, ecosystem health, neglected tropical diseases, and HIV/AIDS.
We would like to extend our work in molecular diagnosis to help Ecuador face the challenges posed by infectious diseases that threaten the health and life quality of the Ecuadorian people, especially those at an economic disadvantage. Instrumental Access equipment will allow our greatly motivated research team to increase its capacity for performing high-quality research and provide our students with better training opportunities.”
Investing in Diagnostics: Dr. Jaime Costales Cordero
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Instrumental Access equipment will help our efforts to establish a sound and sustainable research enterprise in Ecuador. This will translate into better training and increased research productivity and will motivate us to continue developing our capacity further.”
About the DepartmentLocation: Quito, Ecuador
Year Established: 1976
Students Impacted Annually: 200 undergraduate, 20 postgraduate
Why Instrumental Access?The Department’s Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL) recently formed a molecular diagnosis laboratory to research and diagnose infectious diseases. Instrumental Access equipment will be among the first pieces to occupy this lab, helping scientists to perform high-level research on Chagas disease and other mosquito-transmitted diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, Zika, and Chikungunya.
Shipment StatusIn preparation
About Instrumental Access
To begin, we identify a pipeline of scientific talent. Then we rigorously screen universities and select those with the most potential to advance education and research through Instrumental Access.