Ignacio López-Goñi – Contributor Profile
University of Navarra, Spain
Professor of Microbiology
Prof. Dr. Ignacio López-Goñi is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Navarra in Spain.
He holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Navarra (1989). For several years he was a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA) in the departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology of the University of California – Berkeley and Molecular Microbiology at Columbia University. Since August 1992, he has been teaching at the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology of the University of Navarra, where he has taught general microbiology and virology in the Biology, Biochemistry and Pharmacy degrees. During 2005-2014 he was Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Navarra.
His research has focused on the study of the molecular and genetic mechanisms that control virulence of pathogenic bacteria, the development of new vaccines against brucellosis and new methods of infectious disease diagnosis.
He was President of the International Brucellosis Society, author of several specialized publications, editor of two books on molecular microbiology and genomics of Brucella bacteria. He is Vice President of the Teaching and Dissemination of Microbiology Group of the Spanish Society of Microbiology and a member of the American Society for Microbiology.
It combines teaching and his research work with an intense activity of scientific dissemination through blogs, social networks and massive online courses (MOOC). He is the author of the blog “microBIO” and “El rincón de Pasteur” of the magazine Research and Science. He has published several books: “Do vaccines work?“, “Viruses and pandemics“, “Microbiota: the microbes in your body“. In 2016 he received the Tesla award for outreach and in 2017 the ASEBIO 2017 Award for Communication and Dissemination of Biotechnology, in the digital press and new media.