Member of the Board of Directors
Dr. Raquel HURTADO-ORTIZ, Parasitologist Bacteriologist Chemist, graduated from the National School of Biological Sciences of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) of Mexico, has a doctorate in Immunology from the same institute. During her master's and doctoral studies (2002-2008), she was a professor of histology and microbiology at IPN and studied the immune response during mycobacterial infections in a murine model during her doctoral thesis. During her postdoctoral research (2009-2012), she worked at the Institut Pasteur, in the Mycobacterial Genetics Unit, analyzing the genes involved in response to oxidative stress in tuberculosis. In 2013, she was appointed a manager of scientific projects at the Biological Resources Centre of the Institut Pasteur (CRBIP) to manage the European Infrastructure MIRRI (Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure) at a national and institutional level. During the last five years, he has actively participated in working groups within the MIRRI infrastructure and the French Ministries of Ecology and Research regarding the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing in the utilization of genetic resources. During the last three years, he participated in the European infrastructure cluster ESFRI EMBRIC (European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster), was co-responsible for the sequencing of the complete genome of bacterial strains housed in the Pasteur Institute Collection (CIP) and directed research projects focused on the description of new bacterial species. As of December 1, 2017, she was appointed Director of the National Microorganism Culture Collection (CNCM), an International Depositary Authority (IDA), which possesses microorganisms, cell cultures, and viruses, all deposited for patent procedures under the Budapest Treaty.