Hector Aquilar-Carreno, PI, USA/Mexico
Hector is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University. His previous position was Assistant Professor at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University. He received a B.S. degree in Biochemical Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Tepic, Mexico. He then immigrated to the USA and obtained a MS degree in Biology from the California State University, Los Angeles, and a PhD degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California. He received post-doctoral training in Virology at the University of California, Los Angeles, under the mentoring of Dr. Benhur Lee. At UCLA he co-identified the cell receptors for Nipah virus (NiV) and Hendra virus (HeV) and began to establish important tools to study NiV and HeV entry into mammalian host cells.