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WELCOME

My name is Javier A. Jaimes, I am a veterinarian and virologist interested in studying how viruses infect the host cells. I have been in this research field for about 20 years, studying several viruses that infect humans and animals. For 8 years, I was part of Dr. Gary Whittaker's lab at Cornell University in U.S., where my research focused on human and animal coronaviruses (CoV). I am currently part of Dr. Jeremy Luban’s lab at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, where I continued my CoV research and expanded my investigations to Ebola and other epidemic viruses.

I come from Colombia in South America, where I attended to college and graduate school, and served as a tenured faculty for 6 years, before moving to U.S. to pursue my PhD. I am currently working on my second postdoctoral training and soon will join the job market for a faculty position in the U.S.

Aside research, I love watching and sometimes playing football (the real one, a.k.a. Soccer) and I am a devoted Millonarios F.C. fan. I also enjoy playing the drums and playing video games, so you may have crossed with me in online games. Most importantly, what I enjoy most is to spend time with my family: my wife Maria, our little daughter Lucy, and our furry Siberian cat Maximillian.

I hope you enjoy the content of my website and find it useful!

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EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

2014 - 2019

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - Microbiology

Department of Microbiology

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

2009 - 2011

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

School of Administration and Accounting Sciences

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA SALLE

2006 - 2008

Master of Science (M.S.) - Virology

School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA

2000 - 2005

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA

2022 - Current
Senior Research Scientist
Program in Molecular Medicine
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS CHAN MEDICAL SCHOOL

2019 - 2022

Postdoctoral Associate

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

College of Veterinary Medicine

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

2014 - 2019

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Microbiology

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

2014 - 2018

Associate Profesor of Virology

School of Agricultural Sciences

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA SALLE

2009 - 2014

Assistant Profesor of Virology

School of Agricultural Sciences

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA SALLE

2008

Consultant

Vice-president of Research

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA SALLE

2006 - 2008

Teaching and Research Assistant

Department of Animal Health

School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA

HONORS, AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Ambassador for Colombians Abroad Medal

- Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Engagement – Office of Postdoctoral Studies, Cornell University (2021)

 

- Ambassador for Colombians Abroad Medal – Awarded by the Congress of the Republic of Colombia (2020)

- Featured Colombians Abroad – Colombia Nos Une program, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Republic of Colombia (2020)

 

- Future Faculty Career Exploration Program – Rochester Institute of Technology (2019)

- Building Future Faculty Scholar – North Carolina State University (2019)

- NextGen Professors Program – Cornell University (2019)

- Liz Hanson Graduate Scholarship – College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University (2018 – 2019)

- Fulbright Scholarship – Fulbright Colombia (2014 – 2018)

- Scholarship program for professors of the Universidad de La Salle – Universidad de La Salle (2009 – 2011)

- Scholarship program for outstanding graduate students – Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2006 – 2008)

- Cornell Rising Star Program for Achieving Career Excellence, Cornell University (2022)

ABOUT
CORONAVIRUSES

Coronaviruses (CoVs) are infectious agents causing a variety of diseases in humans and animals. Recently, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerged from wild animals to infect humans, causing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). My research for the past 18 months has focused in the understanding of the mechanisms of infection of SARS-CoV-2.

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