Heverton Dutra named Pew Latin America fellow

Heverton Dutra, a researcher in immunology and infectious diseases from Brazil, has been named a member of the 2017 class of Pew Latin American Fellows in the Biomedical Sciences. The program provides two-year fellowships to talented Latin American scientists who receive postdoctoral training in the United States.

Fellows are mentored by distinguished investigators at their sponsoring institutions and become part of Pew’s network of more than 900 biomedical researchers. Dutra will join the laboratory of Flaminia Catteruccia, Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dutra’s research aims to enhance the understanding of the way pathogens evade the immune system to cause disease. He is investigating Wolbachia—a bacterium that can reduce mosquitoes’ ability to transmit such diseases as malaria.

Read the Pew Charitable Trusts June 13, 2017 press release: Pew Supports 10 Latin American Scientists Conducting Innovative Research

Read a Pew analysis of the research being conducted by the class: 37 Researchers Advancing Human Health