The recent development of PCR serotyping is a step forward that allows any laboratory to determine the serotype of the isolated H. parasuis strain.
CReSA - UAB. Spain
Virginia Aragón graduated from the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Navarre in 1990. Later on, she became a Ph.D. from the same University, where she wrote her thesis on Brucella ant the Department of Microbiology under the guidance of Dr. Moriyón (1994). In 1996 she travelled to the US, where she worked at the laboratories of Dr. Dreyfus (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Dr. Cianciotto (Northwestern University Medical School-Chicago) and Dr. Hansen (University of Texas-Southwestern University Medical Center-Dallas), on different aspects of bacterial pathogenicity.
Since 2003, Dr. Aragón works at the Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CreSA) [Animal Health Research Centre], that is the IRTA's animal health programme. She has become established as the main researcher on pig respiratory diseases. Her research at the IRTA (Food and Agriculture Research and Technology Institute) has focused on the genomic and functional characterisation of Haemophilus parasuis, including the pathogenicity molecular mechanisms. Currently, she is leading a project aimed at the determining of the respiratory microbiota and its role on the keeping of the swine health. The final goal of her research is the control of the porcine respiratory diseases through alternative methods to antibiotics, such as vaccinations and probiotics. The results of her studies have been published in 46 SCI international scientific magazines in the areas of veterinary medicine/science and microbiology, she has written a chapter of the book Diseases of Swine, has given more than 50 lectures at scientific meetings, has published several research articles, and has given technical speeches. She has participated in 16 research projects, in 4 of them as the meain researcher. She has also supervised 4 Ph.D. theses and 8 Msc theses. She also supervises visitung students from other laboratories.
Updated CV 25-May-2016
When the clinical signs on the farm and the lesions observed in the piglets lead us to suspect that there is a Haemophilus parasuis infection we have to confirm this diagnosis in the laboratory