Dr. Urbina earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975. He subsequently held positions at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, where he is still Professor of Physical Chemistry and Biophysics at the Escuela de Biologia, Facultad de Ciencias and at the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, where he is currently Head of the Research Group of Biological Chemistry. He has received a Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lorenzo Mendoza Fleury Prize. His HHMI project is entitled "In vivo Anti-Trypanosoma cruzi Activity of New Isoprenoid and Sterol Biosynthesis Inhibitors."
RESEARCH ABSTRACT SUMMARY:
Dr. Urbina is studying the biochemistry and molecular biology of Trypanosoma cruzi.
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