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Luis Caraballo, MD, PhD

Prof. Caraballo is Doctor in Medicine and Surgery, Master in Microbiology/Immunology, Doctor in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Specialist in Clinical Allergology. Honorary Professor of the University of Cartagena, Senior Professor of Medicine and Allergy, Director of the Institute for Immunological Research, and Coordinator of the Biomedical Sciences PhD Program of the University of Cartagena, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

He is a current member of the Genetics, Molecular Biology and Epidemiology Committee of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology; the Editorial Board of WAO Journal; the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology International Advisory Board and Colciencias (Colombian Founding Research Department) National Advisory Committee. He has been President of the Colombian Association of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

For 30 years has been committed to educating undergraduate and graduate (Master and PhD) students, the latter being working now as academic or researchers in several institutions of Colombia and other countries. He has been involved in the organization of numerous national and international meetings and congress in the field and also has been speaker in several of them in Latin America, the USA and several Europe countries. He has made and is currently doing significant contributions to the field of experimental allergy, basically studying the genetic and environmental factors for asthma in the tropics.

He is an expert on mite allergens and has discovered several from Blomia tropicalis. Lately he is analyzing the immunological relationships between these allergens and those from the nematode Ascaris lumbricoides to better understand the epidemiologic associations between asthma and helminth infections and to continue investigating the genetic control of the IgE response to these important tropical antigens as a model to understand more general problems such as the evolutionary links between allergy and the immune response to parasites.