The department of infectomics and molecular pathogensis (DIMP) (previously known as The Department of Experimental Pathology) started initially as a section of the Department of Cellular Biology at CINVESTAV, however it has now consolidated as an independent Department at the institution. The DIMP integrates a multidisciplinary group of researchers in the biomedical area, which includes specialists in: cellular biology, pathology, molecular biology, immunology of the mucous and virology. To this date 16 professors which develop 8 lines of high level research in which novel and sophisticated methodology is applied to the areas of genomics, proteomics, genetically engineering and immunobiology comprise the department.
One of the areas of interest of the researchers at DIMP is the knowledge of the host-parasite relationship in infections caused by Protozoa like Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lambila, Trichomonas vaginalis, Leishmania sp, Trypanosoma sp, Plasmodium sp, and Acanthamoeba castellanii, or by viruses, like the members of the Caliciviridae family or dengue virus. Alongside there are projects guided towards the generation of better methods of diagnostics, creation of vaccines and the design of strategies which reduce and control the damage caused by this infections.
Some researches at DIMP concerned by the increase of elder population in Mexico and around the world are focused on the studies of chronico degenerative diseases, like osteoarthritis, chronico hepatitis and cancer.
The professors which integrate DIMP have national and international prestige, which has been recognized with the awarding of diverse awards including: The National Science Award (Mexico), The Pasteur medal, the Loreal-UNESCO Award, the Glaxo SmithKline Award, and the Syntex Award in three distinct occasions, amongst others. The researches being carried out by the personnel at DIMP generates in average 35 annual publications in high impact journals.