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Leonard Amaral

Leonard Amaral

Professor Emeritus
Institute of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Portugal

Biography

Leonard Amaral, M.D., Ph.D. is currently Professor Emeritus of the Department of Travel Medicine of the Center for Malaria & Tropical Diseases (CMDT), Institute of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (IHMT) of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL), Lisbon, Portugal. Professor Amaral is the author of over 250 papers in microbiology, cancer and immunology and cited almost 5000 times by prominent research scientists in medical research. Prior positions: Professor of Microbiology and Director of Mycobacteriology of the IHMT/UNL, Lisbon, Portugal (1999-2010); Director of Laboratories of the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx New York (1977-1996); Assistant Director of Pathology, The Methodist Hospital of Brooklyn/School of Medicine of the State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York (1968-1977). His current interests are in drug development for therapy of severely drug resistant tuberculosis and multi-drug resistant cancer. He is internationally recognized for his pioneering work on the control and regulation of efflux pumps of multi-drug resistant bacteria and this led directly to the development of a new concept that targets the Mycobacterium tuberculosis carrying pulmonary human macrophage for enhanced killing activity as opposed to the mycobacterium itself.

Research

Drug development for therapy of severely drug resistant tuberculosis and multi-drug resistant cancer