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Ivan Galindo-Castro

Advisor to the United Nations University Programme of Biotechnology for Latin America and the Caribbean
Iván Galindo-Castro completed his college education in Cell Biology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1988, and in 1992 obtained his PhD degree in Molecular Cell Biology (with Honors) from the Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela).
From 1987 until 2000, he worked as Senior Scientist at the Laboratory of Key Technologies, Polar Biotechnology Center (Brewing Industry), as the Head of the Molecular Biology Department. From 2000 to 2003, he had the position of Corporate Manager of Biotechnology at Polar Enterprises (Food and Beverage Industry). In 2003 he joined the Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA) as Associate Scientist and founded the Laboratory of Genomics and Proteomics at the Biotechnology Center.
Dr. Ivan Galindo-Castro have received the Venezuelan National Prize in Medicine (1994), has published more than 52 publications in peer-reviewed journals, is co-inventor in 4 USPTO utility patents, and has attended more than 67 scientific meetings. The main research areas of Dr. Galindo-Castro lie in the fields of molecular detection and identification of microorganisms, recombinant enzyme production and fermentation technology, agro-biotechnology, biosafety, and bioprospection of apoptosis-inducing natural compounds as drug precursors for cancer chemotherapy.
Since 2007, he became Advisor to the United Nations University Programme of Biotechnology for Latin America and the Caribbean, helping the Programme Coordinator to accomplish the capacity building activities in the region and giving advise about new technologies and research fields to be developed, and the best strategies for implantation.