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Research group


Bacterias & Cancer

Academic Unit: Faculty of Medicine

Colombian Ministry of Science








Medical and health sciences


Clinical medicine

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Strategic Focus

Our focus is to contribute with the knowledge of the infectious agents related to cancer through basic and clinical scientific research, teaching, community outreach, and postulation of solutions in public health related to this field. This is based on a qualified team committed to the university community and the general public. The team’s principles are ethics, efficiency, inclusion, biodiversity, and social impact.

Research Areas and Topics

  • Bacteriology.
  • Oncogenesis.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Group Coordinator

Alonso Martínez, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Postdoc in Molecular Biology.

Imperial College, England.

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Scientific Cooperation

Collaborative Relationships

  • Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center  Louisiana State University.
  • Health Sciences Center (United States of America).
  • Laboratory of Biotechnology and Genomic Bioinformatics.
  • National School of Biological Sciences - Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico).
  • Universidad de Santander (UDES, Colombia).   
  • Corporación Universitaria Remington (Colombia).
  • Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios (Uniminuto, Colombia).
  • Genes S.A.S (Colombia).
  • The National Cancer Institute: Colombia.

Notable Projects

  • Determination of Helicobacter pylori virulence factors; possible phylogenetic associations and its relationship with gastroduodenal diseases.
  • Design of a model of gastric cancer in SCID mice through genetic engineering of normal cells of human gastric mucosa.
  • Prevalence and molecular characterization of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae in homeless and vulnerable population of Medellin.
  • Methylation status of the RASSF1A gene promoter and its association with the BRAF-V600E mutation in patients with papillary thyroid carcinomas, National Cancer Institute.

Main Research Results

  • Generation of new knowledge and publication of articles in high national and international impact journals.
  • Human talent training in undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs.
  • Knowledge transfer in health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Offer of bacteriology and articulation of community outreach services with healthcare institutions.

Research Portafolio

  • Methylation status of tumor suppressor genes.
  • Bacterial strain identification for research works.
  • Molecular diagnosis of BRAF-V600E mutation.
  • H. pylori culture and fast urease test.
  • Susceptibility pattern of Helicobacter pylori by E-test and agar dilution.
  • Phenotypic and genotypic susceptibility pattern detection of Enterobacteria producing ESBL.
  • Stool test.
  • Gram staining and aerobic bacteria culture.
  • Fast HIV and Syphilis Test.
  • Chlamydia serological test.
  • Vaginal discharge study.
  • Urine cytochemical.

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