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Jose L. Lopez-Ribot, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Margaret Batts Tobin Distinguished Chair in Biotechnology

Phone: (210) 458-7022

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Areas of Specialization

» Antifungal drug development
» High throughput screening
» Immunopathogenesis of fungal infections
» Medical mycology
» Microbial biofilms

South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases


Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacy/Microbiology; University of Valencia, Spain
Licentiature in Pharmacy/Microbiology; University of Valencia, Spain
B.S. in Pharmacy; University of Valencia, Spain


Research Interests

Research in Dr. Lopez-Ribot’s lab has provided important insights into the pathogenesis of candidiasis, the main fungal infection affecting an increasing number of immune- and medically-compromised patients. This work encompasses from the basic biology of the cell wall, biofilm formation, adhesion and morphogenetic conversions, to the use of animal models to better understand virulence and host responses, to the more clinical aspects such as antifungal drug development, drug resistance and vaccines, with the ultimate goal of devising new strategies for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of candidiasis.


Training Opportunities

Dr. Lopez-Ribot’s lab offers the opportunity for students at all levels (from undergrads to postdoctoral fellows) to be trained in a variety of contemporary and state of the art techniques related to fungal pathogenesis and antifungal drug development.



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