End point and real time PCR (Relative and absolute quantification)
PCR products purification
Nucleic acid sequencing (Sanger method)
Sufficient in Microsoft Office package.
Proficient in scientific software packages: SPSS, GraphPad Prism, MEGA, Mr Bayes, BEAST, BioEdit, ModelTest, PAUP, and NetGlyc Server, BLAST.
Ph.D : Health Sciences (Virology), 2014Tropical Medicine Institute Pedro Kouri (IPK) － La Habana, CubaHealth Sciences (Virology) Molecular characterization of influenza A and B viruses in Cuba during 2006-2010 period and immunological markers related to disease severity.
Master of Science : Virology, 2004Tropical Medicine Institute Pedro Kouri (IPK) － La Habana, CubaVirology
Bachelor of Science : Microbiology Biology, 2000University of Havana － La Habana, CubaMicrobiology Biology
Research Scientist September 2012 to CurrentTropical Medicine Institute Pedro Kouri IPK
Associate Research Scientist September 2008 to August 2012Tropical Medicine Institute Pedro Kouri IPK La Habana
Assistant Research Scientist October 2004 to August 2008Tropical Medicine Institute Pedro Kouri IPK
Junior Research Scientist September 2000 to September 2004Tropical Medicine Institute Pedro Kouri IPK
La Habana Highlights Conducted introduction and validation of five multiplex Real time RT-PCR systems for diagnosis of 17 respiratory viruses and directed the introduction of molecular diagnosis of emergent and re-emergent respiratory viruses (CoV-SARS, HKU1, NL63, MERS; influenza H1pdm09, H5, H7 and H9; enterovirus D-68) Improved surveillance of genetic variants conferring resistance to anti-influenza antiviral drugs Trained in BSL-3 facility by Emory University staff, organized by World Health Organization (WHO) in France (one week) Received a total of 33 courses (14 nationals and 19 internationals), participation in 18 events (internationals and nationals), scientific production published in 34 articles (25 in international journals, as author in 11 and 22 as co-author or corresponding author) Supervised undergraduates in practical classes and masters/undergraduate students with their dissertations; member of the board examiners of masters and undergraduate dissertations Managed identification of samples from World Health Organization Influenza EQAP panel (quality control of the laboratory) Created technical and research documents such as daily diagnosis and surveillance report to Public Health Ministry and weekly surveillance report to World Health Organization and Panamerican Health Organization.
New genetic variants of influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 detected in Cuba during 2011-2013. Infect Genet Evol. 2015 Jun;32:322-6. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2015.03.028. Epub 2015 Mar 31. Arencibia A, Acosta B, Muné M, Valdés O, Fernandez L, Medina I, Savón C, Oropesa S, Gonzalez G, Roque R, Gonzalez G, Hernández B, Goyenechea A, Piñón A. Molecular characterization of influenza A viruses circulating in Cuba between April 2009 and August 2010. J Infect Dev Ctries 2014; 8(7):929-932. Amely Arencibia García, Alexander Piñon Ramos, Mayra Muné Jiménez, Belsy Acosta Herrera, Odalys Valdés Ramirez, Clara Savón Valdés, Susel Oropesa Fernandez, Grehete Gonzalez Muñoz, Yudira Soto Brito, Elias Guilarte García, Guelsys Gonzalez Baez, Bárbara Hernández, Angel Goyenechea Fernández. Genetic drift of hemagglutinin (HA) of influenza A(H3N2) viruses circulating in Cuba between 2011 and 2013. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 28 (2014) 58-61. Amely Arencibia, Belsy Acosta, Mayra Muné, Odalys Valdés, Leandro Fernandez, Clara Savón, Suset Oropesa, Grehete Gonzalez, Guelsys Gonzalez, Bárbara Hernández, Rosmery Roque, Angel Goyenechea, Alexander Piñón. Coxsackievirus A6 and enterovirus 71 causing hand, foot and mouth disease in Cuba, 2011-2013. Arch Virol (2014) 159:2451-2455. Magilé C. Fonseca, Luis Sarmiento, Sonia Resik, Yenisleidys Martínez, Lai Heng Hung, Luis Morier, Alexander Piñón, Odalys Valdéz, Vivian Kourí, Guelsys González. Adamantane and neuraminidase inhibitors resistance from circulating human influenza A viruses in Cuba. Intl J Antimicrobial Agents, 2013, 42:94-98. Alexander Piñón, B. Acosta, O. Valdés, A. Pérez, M. Muné, A. Arencibia, C. Savón, A. Goyenechea, S. Oropesa, G. González, G. González, B. Hernández. Molecular and phylogenetic analysis of influenza A/H1N1 pandemic viruses in Cuba, May/2009-August/2010. Intl J Infectious Disease, 2013 Mar 24; pii: S1201-9712(13)00080-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2013.01.028. Alexander Piñón, B. Acosta, O. Valdés, A. Arencibia, M. Muné, C. Savón, A. Goyenechea, G. González, S. Oropesa, G. González, B. Hernández. Rapid Diagnosis of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Cuba. Belsy Acosta, Alexander Piñón, Odalys Valdés, Clara Savón, Amely Arencibía, Elias Guilarte, Grehete Gonzalez, Suset Oropesa, Guelsys Gonzalez, Bárbara Hernández, Angel Goyenechea, Mayra Muné, Vivian Kourí, María Guadalupe Guzmán, Alina Llop. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2012, 18(2): 336-37. Influenza RNA viral detection in cerebrospinal fluid by PCR in pediatric patients: first report from Cuba. Int J Infect Dis (2010), doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2010.01.002. Alexander Piñón, Belsy Acosta, Odalys Valdés, Clara Savón, Angel Goyenechea, Grehete González, Guelsys Gonzalez.
Mother tongue: Spanish
acid, cell culture, diagnosis, ELISA, English, Microsoft Office package, PCR, pdm, Prism, Public Health, quality control, read, Real time, research, RT-PCR, scientific, Spanish, SPSS, validation, author, articles