Álvaro Acosta-Serrano

Alvaro Acosta-Serrano

Senior Lecturer in Parasite and Vector Biology


Tel: 0151 705 3304

Email: alvaro.acosta-serrano@lstmed.ac.uk





Network Management Board Member, Network Investigator


Research Keywords: 

Leishmaniasis; Trypanosomatids transmission; vector-parasite interactions; vector control



Álvaro Acosta Serrano obtained his PhD in Molecular Parasitology from the Federal University of São Paulo. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and then a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Dundee and University of Glasgow. In 2008 he joined the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, where he is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Vector Biology. Research in his lab focuses on fundamental aspects of the biology of kinetoplastid parasites and their vectors, and on developing molecular tools to control and prevent transmission of vector-borne diseases. He currently serves as academic editor for several journals, including PLOS NTD.


Related Websites: 

Profile page at LSTM


Key Publications:

Casas-Sánchez A., Ramaswamy R., Perally S., Haines LR., Rose C, Yunta C., Aguilera-Flores M., Lehane MJ., Almeida IC., Boulanger M., and Acosta-Serrano A. ‘The crystal structure and localization of Trypanosoma brucei invariant surface glycoproteins suggests a more permissive VSG coat in the tsetse-transmitted metacyclic stage. (in revisions – bioRxiv post, https://doi.org/10.1101/47773).

Al-Salem, W., Solórzano, C., Dyer, NA., Kelly-Hope, L., Casas-Sánchez, A., Alraey, Y., Alyamani, EJ., Halliday, A., Weedall, G., Balghonaim, SM., Alsohibany, KS., Alzeyadi, Z., Alzahrani, M., Al-Shahrani, AM., Alyamani, EJ., Assiri, AM., Memish, Z., and Acosta-Serrano, A. (2019). ‘Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis treatment response varies depending on parasites species, geographical location and development of secondary infections’. Parasites and Vectors 12(1):195. doi: 10.1186/s13071-019-3453-4

Iñiguez E, Schocker NS, Subramaniam, K, Portillo S, Montoya A, Al-Salem, WS, Torres, CL, Rodriguez F, Moreira OC, Acosta-Serrano A, Michael K, Almeida, IC, Maldonado RA. (2017) ‘a-Gal-containing neoglycoprotein-based vaccine protects against murine cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania major.’ PLoS Neg. Trop. Dis. 11(10): e0006039. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0006039.

Al-Salem, W., Pigott, DM., Subramaniam, K., Haines, LR., Kelly-Hope, L., Molyneux, DH., Hay SI., and Acosta-Serrano, A. (2016) ‘Cutaneous leishmaniasis and conflict in Syria’ Emerging Infect. Dis. 22:931-933. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2205.160042.