New and Emerging Mycoplasmas

Leader, Ana Ramirez, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Ana S. Ramírez (ASR) has experience in the isolation and culture of mycoplasmas, the study of their biochemical and enzymatic profiles and serological techniques. She has collaborated in the development of a non-commercial indirect ELISA for detecting Mycoplasma agalactiae and M. mycoides mycoides capri (LC) in goats and in the production of inactivated mycoplasmas vaccines. She also has experience in porcine and avian mycoplasmology and in molecular biology of the mollicutes: PCR, real time PCR, sequencing, typing, phylogenetic analysis, all with particular emphasis on diagnostic methods. In collaboration with commercial companies extracts from plants and algae have been tested for their antimycoplasma activity. She was involved in the description of a new Mycoplasma species, Mycoplasma nephronis, isolated from a subspecies of Egyptian vulture from the Canary Islands and M. tullyi, isolated from penguins. ASC currently leads research on marine animal mycoplasmas among other things, and has succeeded in isolating mycoplasmas from squid and octopus and spiroplasmas from jellyfish. Since 2002 Ana has been collaborating with Janet M. Bradbury, and as a product of this symbiosis was appointed as an "Honorary Research Fellow" by University of Liverpool. ASR’s scientific production can be summarized in 35 articles in in international, peer-reviewed journals referenced in WOS (h-index = 12), 11 more in other journals, four book chapters, and multiple contributions to congresses. She has participated in a European project (COST ACTION 826/94) and in nine national projects, seven regional, in three teaching innovation projects and in 11 research agreements with private companies. Ana has directed / co-directed six doctoral theses. She has organized two mycoplasma conferences in Gran Canaria (2000 and 2009). ASR has been involved with several IRPCM teams, but particularly the New and Emerging Mycoplasmas team, which she currently leads.

 

Current position

Associate professor; Veterinary Faculty, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria University, Spain.

 

Short biosketch

1989-1994    Graduate Faculty of Pharmacy; Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

1998-1999    Master’s degree in Public Health; Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

1995-1999    PhD. in Veterinary Sciences; Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

2000-2000    Research Assistant, Veterinary Faculty, Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

2000-2005    Teaching Assistant, Veterinary Faculty, Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

2006-2010     Assistant Professor, Veterinary Faculty, Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

2011- pres.  Associate professor, Veterinary Faculty, Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain