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Diego Alonso Vargas Blanco, Ph.D.

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Universidad Católica de Santa María, Arequipa, PeruBS12/2009Biotechnology Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MAMS02/2018Biotechnology
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MAPhD12/2020Biology & Biotechnology
2014 - 2016
Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Overview
A fascination with understanding how biological systems work led Diego to study biotechnological engineering at UCSM in Peru. He then joined WPI with a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a MS degree with Dr. Reeta Rao studying Filastatin, a novel molecule that prevents the adhesion of Candida albicans to abiotic surfaces, making possible its use as a pre-therapeutic coating for medical devices. Later, he joined Dr. Scarlet Shell laboratory for his PhD. Diego was intrigued to with the many secrets hidden in the genome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which confer a remarkable ability to survive stress conditions. His doctoral studies focused on understanding the regulation of mRNA stability as an adaptive response to environmental changes. After receiving his doctoral degree, Diego joined Dr. Jatin Vyas laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital as a postdoctoral research fellow studying the innate immune response against Candida albicans infections. In his free time, Diego enjoys oil painting, cooking, baking, and ballroom dancing.

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  1. Diego Vargas Blanco. Elucidating Mechanisms of Post-Transcriptional Regulation in Mycobacterium smegmatis. 2020.
  2. Vargas-Blanco DA, Shell SS. Regulation of mRNA Stability During Bacterial Stress Responses. Front Microbiol. 2020; 11:2111. PMID: 33013770.
    Citations: 6     
  3. Nguyen TG, Vargas-Blanco DA, Roberts LA, Shell SS. The Impact of Leadered and Leaderless Gene Structures on Translation Efficiency, Transcript Stability, and Predicted Transcription Rates in Mycobacterium smegmatis. J Bacteriol. 2020 04 09; 202(9). PMID: 32094162.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  4. Vargas-Blanco DA, Zhou Y, Zamalloa LG, Antonelli T, Shell SS. mRNA Degradation Rates Are Coupled to Metabolic Status in Mycobacterium smegmatis. mBio. 2019 07 02; 10(4). PMID: 31266866.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Cells
  5. Vargas-Blanco D, Lynn A, Rosch J, Noreldin R, Salerni A, Lambert C, Rao RP. A pre-therapeutic coating for medical devices that prevents the attachment of Candida albicans. Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob. 2017 May 19; 16(1):41. PMID: 28526091.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  6. Diego Vargas Blanco. Evaluación de cuatro sustratos y comparación de dos métodos de producción y recolección de esporas de Trichoderma spp., bajo condiciones de laboratorio – Arequipa 2011. 2012.
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