Dr. Castellanos interest is to use novel molecular tools to develop novel vaccines, drugs and diagnostics kits at point of care (POC) for intestinal infections. The current goals at the lab are:
- Identify and validate druggable targets in Cryptosporidium parasites.
- Developing multiplex diagnostic assays and DNA/extraction methods for detecting intestinal infections at POC.
- Standardize a system for long term-cultivation of human intestinal stem cells that could be used as a model to study Cryptosporidium infection.