UK’s Newton Fund supported Mexican scientist to develop vaccines against Chikungunya, Zika and Dengue
Dr Arturo Reyes Sandoval is the Director of the National Polytechnic Institute, one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Mexico. He specialized as a chemist, bacteriologist and parasitologist and has a PhD in molecular medicine. He has dedicated most of his career to the development of new vaccines, including when he worked as a researcher and professor at the Edward Jenner Institute at Oxford University. This is where the Astra-Zeneca vaccine against COVID-19 was developed.
Thanks to the UK’s Newton Fund for science and innovation, Dr Reyes Sandoval received two different grants to further investigations on mosquito-borne diseases. His research led to the development of vaccines against Chikungunya, Zika and Dengue. These diseases are endemic in Mexico and can have severe impacts on people’s health.