Raúl Pérez Caballero got this degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Córdoba in 2012. He became a member of the Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases Unit in 2009, and he started his research pathway in 2011 thanks to a Collaboration Fellowship on the study of Fasciola hepatica vaccine candidates against fasciolosis in ruminants. He gained his Master in Medicine, Animal Health and Breeding in 2013 (UCO) with a study on a novel antigen against Fasciola hepatica infection. In 2014 he was awarded a national FPU Fellowship and started his PhD in Immunoparasitology (Biosciences and Agri-Food Sciences Programme, UCO, 2018). He studied the host-parasite interaction during the early and late stages of the infection of this trematode in small ruminants. During his 10 years at the UCO, he also combined his research activity with teaching in Veterinary Medicine and Master degree.
In 2019, he moved to the United States to start a 2-year postdoctoral period at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He joined the Laboratory of Malaria Immunology and Vaccinology and worked on the evaluation of different P. falciparum proteins and the epidemiology and pathogenesis of severe malaria in Malian children. He is a reviewer of international scientific journals (Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pathogens, Animals, JIDC, Veterinary Sciences).
After this time, Raúl joined VIRIEVAC group at Dr. Prado’s lab in January 2022 to be involved in research on cellular immunity and SARS-CoV-2.