Our research activities are directed toward defining the molecular pathogenesis of the sexually transmitted infectious agent Trichomonas vaginalis.
Elucidation of the biological function followed by immunochemical and molecular characterization of specific adhesins and cysteine proteinases as virulence factors is emphasized.
Study of the Trichomonas vaginalis interaction with cells from the male urogenital tract is a collaborative work.
The molecular mechanisms of iron gene regulation at the transcriptional and posttranscriptional level are investigated.
Finally, our basic research is directing us to the identification of distinct molecules as potential biomarkers for trichomonosis diagnosis and drug targeting for this sexually transmitted disease.