Elsa Beatriz Damonte
Professor of Microbiology and Virology, Department of Biological Chemistry
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
She received her Chemistry degree and her PhD Degree in Biological Chemistry at the School of Sciences, University of Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a Research Fellow from World Health Organization, she has also received postdoctoral training in Virology at the Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA. Currently she is Full Professor of Microbiology and Virology in the Department of Biological Chemistry at School of Sciences, University of Buenos Aires and a Member of the Research Career from the National Research Council Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is co-author of 110 original articles and 30 review articles and book chapters. She was supervisor of nine Doctoral Theses and two Master Theses at Buenos Aires University. Based on her expertise on arenaviruses she also acted as Member of Expertise Committee for evaluation of preclinical and clinical phases of Candid 1 candidate vaccine for Argentine hemorrhagic fever, Ministry of Health Buenos Aires, Argentina. Additionally, Dr Damonte was Editor in Chief of Revista Argentina de MicrobiologÃa Official Publication of Asociaciation Argentina de MicrobiologÃa in 1986-2004 and also participated as President of the Organizing Committee of VII Argentine Congress of Virology 2002.
Her research interests are focused on the finding of new molecules with therapeutic potential mainly targeted to emerging human viral infections which represent a serious human health problem. Based on our experience on basic investigations, the studies comprise the evaluation and characterization of the antiviral activity against Junin virus, agent of Argentine hemorrhagic fever, dengue virus and herpes simplex virus of novel compounds with different chemical structures, including natural products isolated from marine organisms and plants as well as synthetic compounds. In addition to the impact in the improvement of the therapy for reemerging virus infections, these studies are intended to the knowledge on replication steps of the multiplication cycle of dengue and arenavirus in order to provide clues concerning the molecular targets useful for the development of selective antiviral agents.