Dr. Frasch is director of the Institute for Research in Biotechnology, National Research Council and National University of General San Martín; professor, University of San Martin; and researcher, National Research Council, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Frasch received a Ph.D. in cell biology in 1977 from the University of Buenos Aires. He did postdoctoral work in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam and in the United States at the University of Oregon. He was head of the Molecular Biology Laboratory at the Institute of Biochemistry Research, Campomar Foundation, Buenos Aires, from 1986 to 1996. From 1990 to 1993, he chaired the TDR/WHO Steering Committee on Chagas disease, and since 1994 he has co-chaired its Committee on Parasite Genomes. Dr. Frasch received the Luis F. Leloir Award in 1993, the 2000 Award in Biology from the Third World Academy of Sciences, a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2003 Merit Diploma in Cytology and Molecular Biology from the Konex Foundation in Argentina. In 2006, he was elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. He has been an HHMI international research scholar since 1997.
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Dr. Frasch's research interest is to understand the organization, function, and expression of the molecules present in the surface coat of Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease in the Americas.
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