Ana M. Espino

Title: Associate Professor of Microbiology and Medical Zoology
Company: University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Ana M. Espino, Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in microbiology and medical zoology.

Since 1982, Dr. Espino has been demonstrating an expertise and passion for education in the field of microbiology. She began her career in Havana, Cuba, as a junior researcher for the Institute of Tropical Medicine. She remained in this role for five years before advancing within the university to the role of assistant researcher. Considered an instrumental member of the staff, she continued to build her career and key skills within the organization until 1998. While there, she held additional roles including associate researcher, professor, director of the parasitology department, and adjunct professor. Dr. Espino then moved on to an opportunity with the University of Puerto Rico. From 2002 to 2004, she was an assistant professor for the immunology and infectious diseases laboratory within the department of pathology and laboratory medicine. Thereafter, she was an assistant professor for the department of microbiology, immunology, and infectious diseases laboratory until 2007. Since 2007, Dr. Espino has excelled in her role as associate professor. She credits her success to her love of teaching and her desire to help students reach their full potential in the classroom.

In addition to her work in the classroom, Dr. Espino is known for her leadership in her professional community. Since 2014, she has been a member of the editorial board for Annals of Clinical and Medical Microbiology and ad-hoc reviewer for PloS Neglected Tropical Diseases. She is also an ad-hoc reviewer for Clinical and Vaccine Immunology and Experimental Parasitology. Previously, she was a member of the editorial board for the Spanish Association of Parasitology and ad-hoc reviewer for Veterinary Parasitology, Acta Tropica, the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Parasitology Research, the Journal of Molecular Parasitology, the Journal of Microbes and Infection, and the Pan American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Espino has written and contributed more than 40 articles to professional journals.

To prepare for a career in microbiology and education, Dr. Espino obtained a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Havana in 1982, and a PhD in medical sciences from the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular parasitology at the University of Puerto Rico department of pathology. She is a member of the American Association of Immunologists, the American Society of Parasitology, the American Society of Microbiologists, and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

In recognition of her professional excellence, Dr. Espino was honored by the University of Puerto Rico as Best Faculty Professor in the Department and Distinguished Professor of the Graduate Program by the Deanship of Biomedical Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Espino earned a National Institutes of Health Grant Award, a National Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Research, Prize for Excellence in Applied Research from the Cuban Institute of Veterinary Medicine, and Award for the Best PhD Thesis In Medical Sciences. Looking to the future, Dr. Espino intends to continue in her work in education and microbiology.

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