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Ernesto Alfaro-Moreno

Senior researcher

About me

I have been working on the evaluation of particulate matter toxicity for over 25 years. I was affiliated to the National Cancer Institute of Mexico since 1992 and in our group we were among the first to describe the importance of composition of particulate matter when it comes to the toxic effects. In 2015 I moved to Sweden to take over an inhalation toxicology project at SWETOX.

Research description

My main interest is the evaluation of the local and systemic endothelial dysfunction induced by PM10, PM2.5 and nanoparticles. I am focused on characterizing PM10 and PM2.5, evaluating the effects that particles have when epithelial cells, endothelial cells and monocytes are exposed. I am measuring cytotoxic and genotoxic effects, proinflammatory molecules, adhesion molecules and its receptors. We are developing and improving in vitro models, and recreating the alveolo-vascular communication.


BaSc on Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, National University of Mexico, 1987-1991

Master in Biomedical Sciences (Biochemistry), Faculty of Medicine, National University of Mexico, 1993-1996

Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Mexico, 1997-2004

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pneumology Department of the K.U. Leuven, 2006-2008

Academic honours, awards and prizes

National Researcher level 2, National Council of Sciences, Mexico, 2015-2018

National Researcher level 1, National Council of Sciences, Mexico, 2004-2014

High scientific productivity award, Ministry of Health, Mexico, 1998-1999, 2003, 2005, 2008-2010, 2014.

European Respiratory Society Fellow, Scholarship number 80, 2006

Guest Professor at the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department, University of Utah, Summer 2005

Scholarship from the Royal Society of London for 3 months internship at the University of Nottingham, 1999 and 2003.

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