Juan Carlos Dib, MD, PhD

Juan Carlos Dib, MD, PhD.

Dr. Dib is one of the most recognized researchers in Tropical diseases in Colombia. He has focused his work in Chagas disease and other conditions such as Leishmaniasis, but he also worked extensively in the field of emerging infectious and vector-borne diseases like Dengue and Chikungunya.

Abridged CV:

  • MD. Universidad CES, Colombia
  • Doctorate (PhD) in Biology (Molecular Epidemiology). University of Antioquia, Colombia.

Currently, Dr. Dib holds the following positions:

  • Director CIST (Centro de Investigación en Salud Para el Trópico-A1-Colciencias) (Tropical Health Foundation), Santa Marta, Colombia.
  • Professor Tropical Medicine PhD Program. SUE Caribe, Colombia (Ecoepidemiology and Molecular epidemiology of Zoonosis and Vector borne Diseases.)
  • President Colombian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Dib also has held the following scientific and administrative positions.

  • Director of Research and Public Health at the National Institute of Health of Colombia (2013-2014)
  • Director of Public Health Surveillance System. Health Services Secretary –Magdalena State, Colombia (1999)
  • Director of Public Health. Administrative Health Department, Santa Marta, Colombia (1999)


Laureano Mestra, MD, MSc, MACE

Laureano Mestra, MD, MSc, MACE.

Laureano Mestra is a medical doctor trained, experienced and dedicated to drug discovery and development.

His main area of interest and experience is neglected tropical diseases. In the neglected disease space he has worked in Leishmaniasis, Malaria, Chagas disease, Dengue fever as well as other infectious diseases such as influenza.

Dr. Mestra also has experience in other topics such as biotechnology, ICH-GCP, regulatory affairs, international public health, epidemiology and evidence-based medicine.

Among the positions held by Dr. Mestra are co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Ipsum Clinical, Founder of Septentrional R&D, as well as consultant for the World Health Organization–Polio Eradication Initiative.

Dr. Mestra is member of several academic organizations such as the American College of Epidemiology and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.


Jorge Egurrola, MD, MSc

Jorge Egurrola, MD, MSc

Dr.  Egurrola is an MD and epidemiologist with deep knowledge of tropical diseases.

He has worked in conditions such as Dengue, Chagas, Leishmaniasis and Malaria.

  • Clinical trials conduction, design and administration
  • Design and conduction of diagnostics tests
  • Design and conduction of observational studies for emerging infectious diseases
  • Field studies for vaccine evaluations

He is currently undertaking his PhD in tropical medicine at University of Magdalena, Colombia and is member of the Colombian Association of Tropical Medicine.