Researcher biography

Manuel Rodriguez Valle has a major in Biochemistry and PhD in Genetics obtained at The University of Havana. During his research fellowship in the Virology Institute at the University of Kyoto demonstrated the effect of oncogenes on the replication of human papilloma virus. In the course of his PhD thesis research, he developed a vaccine against cattle tick (Rhipicephalus microplus), and integrated methods of tick control. In parallel he was researcher at Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, at Havana, Cuba focusing in the expression of recombinant proteins for human and animal treatment such as interferon, human Tissue plasminogen Activator (TPA) and vaccinal antigens. In 2007, as Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Parasitology at the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries in Queensland, Australia, he worked in reverse vaccinology, genomic and immunology applied to the study of the tick - host interaction in order to develop new generation of tick vaccine.

From 2012, Rodriguez- Valle is senior Research fellow at The University of Queensland/ QAAFI focused on the application of Biotechnology and Genomic to study the host – pathogen interaction to develop vaccines for the control of vector and pathogens that affect human, domestic and wild animals. In 2013 obtained an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) fellowship to work at USDA-ARS Knipling-Bushland, US Livestock Insects Res. Lab. on DNA vaccine using multi-epitope genes to protect cattle against ectoparasite. His current research includes application of genomic and immunology to study Ixodes holocyclus (Australian Paralysis tick) to develop a new control method and paralysis treatment.

Rodriguez-Valle is member of Australian Society of Parasitology and International Society for Pest Information (ISPI). At national and international levels, he has served as member of Australia Research grant review panels and on the editorial advisory boards of multiple journals.