Skip to main content

Elena Sulleiro Igual

Institutions of which they are part

Main researcher
Microbiology
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca
Cap de Secció
Microbiology
Cross-departmental services
Elena Sulleiro Igual

Elena Sulleiro Igual

Elena Sulleiro Igual

Institutions of which they are part

Main researcher
Microbiology
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca
Cap de Secció
Microbiology
Cross-departmental services

Research lines

Internacional Health

The International Health Unit has several lines of research in the field of diagnosis of imported infections, both in our centre and in endemic countries. This unit has a laboratory at the HUVH and another at the Drassanes Unit with extensive experience in highly complex parasitological diagnosis, which allow access to multiple samples from travellers and immigrants. The unit has extensive experience in coordinating projects and training programs in laboratories in rural areas of low-income countries. The development of new technology applied to the diagnosis of the main parasitic infections is another of the axes of our unit. The results of the research studies have been translated into different national and international publications and into the writing of doctoral theses. Our centre is CSUR of Tropical Medicine and International Health.


Lines of investigation:


- Hemoflagellates: Development studies and evaluation of molecular biology techniques for the diagnosis and typing of Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania sp. A project financed by Roche is currently underway to validate serological techniques for the diagnosis of Chagas disease both in imported patients and in several Latin American countries.

- Malaria: Studies on the application of molecular techniques in the diagnosis of malaria in endemic countries. Detection of Plasmodium sp species by PCR, co-infections and alterations in the genes that encode the proteins that are used for rapid diagnostic techniques.

- Helminthiasis: Studies of the application of molecular techniques in the diagnosis of different helminthiasis, mainly schistosomiasis and strongyloidiasis, both in imported cases and in endemic areas.

- Innovation and technology applied to the diagnosis of tropical diseases:

1. Development of a mobile application for the microscopic diagnosis of malaria and schistosomiasis in low-income countries.

2. Collaboration in the development of rapid immunoassays and point-of-care (POC) devices for the quantitative diagnosis of malaria.

3. Interactive training programs for laboratory technicians.

4. Validation of samples collected on dry paper (DBS) for the diagnosis of imported infections.


IP: Elena Sulleiro Igual

Projects

Estudio multicéntrico para la mejora del diagnóstico y la caracterización molecular de las diferentes formas clínicas de leishmaniasis en el área mediterránea.

IP: Elena Sulleiro Igual
Collaborators: Pau Bosch Nicolau, Aroa Silgado Gimenez, Lidia Goterris Bonet
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 108750
Reference: PI23/01942
Duration: 01/01/2024 - 31/12/2026

CATMAL - Compact Analytical Tool for robust MALaria decentralized diagnosis and community surveillance

IP: Eva Baldrich Rubio
Collaborators: Francesc Zarzuela Serrat, Israel Molina Romero, Maria Urpí Castany, Adrián Sánchez Montalvá, Elena Sulleiro Igual, Judit Prat Trunas, Ines Mercedes Oliveira Souto, Briza Pérez López
Funding agency: Fundació "La Caixa"
Funding: 392025
Reference: HR23-00679
Duration: 01/12/2023 - 30/11/2026

Grup de Recerca en Microbiologia de Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron

IP: Juan Jose Gonzalez Lopez
Collaborators: María Nieves Larrosa Escartin, Gema Codina Grau, Virginia Rodríguez Garrido, Andres Antón Pagarolas, Juliana Esperalba Esquerra, Ariadna Rando Segura, Alba Mir Cros, Yannick Hoyos Mallecot, Joan Joseph Munné, Tomàs Pumarola Suñé, Mayli Lung Suarez, Mª Teresa Tórtola Fernández, Albert Moreno Mingorance, Maria Piñana Moro, Aroa Silgado Gimenez, Elena Sulleiro Igual, Lidia Goterris Bonet, Josep Roca Grande, Alejandra Gonzalez Sánchez, Narcís Saubí Roca, Jesus Trejo Zahinos
Funding agency: Agència Gestió Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
Funding: 0.01
Reference: 2021 SGR 01129
Duration: 01/01/2022 - 30/06/2025

Dispositivo cuantitativo y estable para el diagnótico point-of-care. EuroNanoMed Call 2021 (VHIR coordinator)

IP: Eva Baldrich Rubio
Collaborators: Israel Molina Romero, Adrián Sánchez Montalvá, Elena Sulleiro Igual, Judit Prat Trunas
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 214333.35
Reference: AC21_2/00021
Duration: 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2024

Related news

The new diagnostic method, designed for use in endemic regions, combines a mobile application with a low-cost robotic microscope.

The European network EUPertStrain celebrates its annual meeting, focused on the study of the evolution of Bordetella pertussis, the bacterium responsible for this disease that can be very serious in children under one year.

The Vall d'Hebron work has shown that people vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna have specific memory T lymphocytes against SARS-CoV-2 in the lung months after vaccination.

Related professionals

Marta Vicenta Arjona Perís

Marta Vicenta Arjona Perís

Predoctoral researcher
Pneumology
Read more
Anna Casteras  Román

Anna Casteras Román

Research technician
Diabetes and Metabolism
Read more
Pedro Pablo Jordán Marchite

Pedro Pablo Jordán Marchite

Predoctoral researcher
Cardiovascular Diseases
Read more
Mónica Azucena Villarreal Salazar

Mónica Azucena Villarreal Salazar

Predoctoral researcher
Neuromuscular and Mitochondrial Pathology
Read more

Subscribe to our newsletters and be part of the Campus life

We are a world-leading healthcare complex where healthcare, research, teaching and innovation go hand in hand.

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.