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Bruno Travi, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Bruno Travi, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor

Bruno Travi, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases

University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd, Marvin Graves Bldg., Rm 4.210
Galveston, Texas 77555-0435
Phone: 409.747.1857
Fax: 409.772.6527
Email: brltravi@utmb.edu


Degree/Training Completed Year Name & Location
D.V.M. 1975 Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
Post-Graduate Training, Parasitology 1983 Dept. of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, Louisiana
Ph.D., Parasitology 2006 University of Buenos Aires, Argentina


Dr. Travi received his DVM title and obtained his Ph.D. in parasitology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also received postgraduate training in medical entomology and parasitology in the Department of Tropical Medicine of Tulane University. He worked at the Argentine Primate Center as chief of the microbiology laboratory, becoming acquainted with the biology and infectious diseases of several American species used in research. He then moved to Colombia where he worked for more than twenty years in the study of tropical infectious diseases, in particular filariasis, American trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis.

Dr. Travi acted as scientist and deputy director of the Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento de Investigaciones Medicas (CIDEIM) a leading research institution based in Cali, Colombia. Here, he led the research unit in charge of developing animal models and studying the transmission cycles of the aforementioned diseases. His interests in Leishmania prevention have spanned from vector control to the identification of immunopreventative tools. Since 2005, he joined Dr. Melby's lab where he is collaborating in studies related with the immunopathogenesis of visceral leishmaniasis and the identification of new anti-Leishmania drugs. Dr. Melby's and Dr. Travi's research has been supported by NIH, VA, and the Department of Defense.

Research Interests

  • Development of animal models of parasitic diseases
  • Drug discovery for treating cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis
  • Immunopathology and Immunoprevention of cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis
  • Studies on transmission cycles of parasitic diseases.

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