The Pediatric Section of Tropical Medicine conducts a comprehensive research and development program for producing a new generation of drugs, diagnostics and vaccines for the Neglected Tropical Diseases and Neglected Infections of Poverty, as well as fundamental and applied research against these diseases. To carry out this research, the section's laboratories are organized into these groups:

Zoonotic and Viral Diseases

The Laboratory for Zoonotic and Viral Diseases is aimed at research of emerging pathogens, including West Nile virus and Chagas disease.

Clinical Parasitology and Diagnostics

The Laboratory of Clinical Parasitology and Diagnostics is dedicated to using modern molecular methods to detect parasitic infections in patients.

Vector Biology and Bacterial Pathogens

The Laboratory for Vector Biology and Bacterial Pathogens focuses on bacterial diseases such as relapsing fever spirochetes and the vectors that transmit them including Ornithodoros ticks.


The Laboratory of Immunoparasitology aims to dissect the complex relationship between parasites and the host immune response.