<strong>Creativity</strong> and <strong>Innovation</strong><br /> for the patient Development of <strong>new therapies</strong> and <br /><strong>treatments</strong> to improve citizens health <strong>Internationally renowned</strong><br /> biomedical research

Creativity and Innovation
for the patient

Development of new therapies and
treatments to improve citizens health

Internationally renowned
biomedical research


Ana Mª Palomar

Ana Mª Palomar

Ana Mª Palomar

Email: ampalomar@riojasalud.es

Phone: +34 941 278 877 (Ext.:89877)


Ana Mª Palomar graduated in Biology from the University of Oviedo. In 2009 she joined the Center of Rickettsiosis and Arthropod-Borne Diseases (CIBIR-Hospital San Pedro). In 2010 she was awarded a grant from “Fundación Rioja Salud” to obtain her Ph.D. degree with a project focused on the role of birds as dispersal of ticks and their microorganisms, under the supervision of Dr José Antonio Oteo and Dr Arantza Portillo. Under Dr Lesley Bell-Sakyi supervision, she has made 7-month intermittent short stays at the Tick Cell Biobank group in the Vector-borne Viral Disease Programme (The Pirbright Institute, UK) during 2014, 2015 (financially supported by SEIMC) and 2017.

Ana Mª Palomar has an extensive background in ticks and tick-borne diseases. Her research is focused on arthropods’ sampling methods, tick classification and detection, identification and characterization of microorganisms (bacteria and viruses) by molecular biology and sequencing techniques. Her research interests include other arthropods (i.e. fleas, lice) and their associated diseases, molecular diagnostics of arthropod-borne pathogens in human samples, the establishment of primary cultures of tick cell lines or the isolation of arthropod-borne microorganisms. Currently, she participates in a project that aims the study of the microbiome and virome of ticks using next generation sequencing technique. She has collaborated in national and international research projects focused on arthropod-borne diseases (FIS PI15/02269; FIS PI12/02579; RIICER; FIS PS09/02492; FOMENTA 2007/14; COST Action TD1303), and she is member of the Biological Alert Laboratory Network (RE-LAB). She collaborates as reviewer with different journals and she has been recently appointed as member of the Zubia journal editorial committee.

Ana’s scientific studies have led to the publication, as author or co-author, of 29 peer-reviewed publications, a book and three book chapters, as well as several communications to national and international congresses. The first detection in Spain and Morocco of the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever virus, the characterization of new Rickettsia species (i.e. Candidatus Rickettsia vini), the identification for the first time in Spain of human (Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis and Rickettsia sibirica sibirica) or animal (Anaplasma bovis) pathogens are some of her important scientific contributions.






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