Dr Beatriz L. Gómez

Dr Gómez is Professor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, where she leads the Translational Microbiology and Emerging Diseases Research Group (MICROS). She has a PhD in Medical Mycology from King’s College, University of London, where she continued research as a postdoctoral fellow. She then joined the University College London and the Aberdeen Fungal Group with a career development fellowship from the Wellcome Trust. Dr Gómez also worked for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, as Chief of the Mycotic Diseases Diagnostic Development Unit.  Her interest and research focus are on the diagnosis and characterization of human pathogenic fungi, and much of her work has been on histoplasmosis, paracoccidioidomycosis and other mycoses caused by pathogenic dimorphic fungi and on opportunistic fungal infections. She has led and participated in multi-center studies that aim to develop and validate methods (immunological and molecular) to better diagnose fungal diseases and especially those affecting the immunocompromised host. Together with other colleagues she has participated in building a network of health professionals and a histoplasmosis advocacy group in the Americas.