Department: Obstetricia y Ginecología, Pediatría, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública, Toxicología, Medicina Legal y Forense y Parasitología

Research institute: IUETSPC institute

Area: Parasitology

Research group: Investigación en parasitología

Research group: Ecología de Comunidades Marinas y Conservación


Área de investigación: Ciencias de la Salud

Doctor by the Universidad de La Laguna with the thesis Estudios de amebas de vida libre del genero acanthamoeba en las islas canarias 2006. Supervised by Dr. Mariano Hernández Ferrer, Dr. Antonio Ortega Rivas.

Jacob Lorenzo Morales has been working on free living amoebae (FLA) for the last ten years. His main research field focuses on Acanthamoeba genus where we are trying to identify potential targets using siRNA to develop novel therapeutic approaches against this pathogen. Other FLA that I work with include Balamuthia mandrillaris, Sappinia and Naegleria fowleri all of them are able to cause fatal encephalitis in humans and other animals. During the past years, he has been working on diagnosis of SARS-Cov2 as well as elucidation of novel antiviral devices and agents. With more than 15 year’s experience in tropical diseases and emerging pathogens diagnosis and treatment, Jacob Lorenzo Morales presents a h index of 41 with more than 6800 cites, being more than 3900 after the year 2019. He has published more than 250 articles in JCR indexed journals in the fields of Tropical Medicine, Parasitology and Protozoology and has presented more than 300 communications in national and international congresses. He has participated as organizer of international congresses and workshops in the field of Free Living Amoebae. Moreover, he has acted as referee for international grants and for more than 250 manuscripts in journals such as PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy among others. In 2013 he was granted the individual prize "Joven Canarias 2013" and second prize in 2015 of the edition "Premios Talento y Compromiso de Cajasiete" and in 2020, the Internationalization award of the University of La Laguna. He participated in Acanthamoeba genome project, data which were published in Genome Biology in 2013, which has been cited more than 300 times. He has supervised 21 PhD thesis and 20 Masters thesis.