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Research group


Primary Immunodeficiencies

Academic Unit: Faculty of Medicine

Colombian Ministry of Science








Medical and health sciences


Clinical medicine

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Strategic Focus

We are an interdisciplinary group with teaching, research, and community outreach activities. Our mission is to develop and implement innovative research proposals and train professionals in basic and clinical aspects of immunology and related disciplines in order to apply them to the health care of Colombians affected by genetic defects of the immune system within a humanistic and scientific context of excellence in user-patient quality.

Research Areas and Topics

  • Detection and management of the Abnormal Recurrent Infection Syndrome (ARIS) and Pathogenesis of Primary Immunodeficiencies.
  • Genetic and molecular dissection of Inborn Errors of Immunity to bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
  • Cardiovascular effects of Chocolate derivates.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Good health and well-being

Group Coordinator

José Luis Franco Restrepo, MD, MSc, DSc

Doctor in Basic Biomedical Sciences.

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Scientific Cooperation

Collaborative Relationships


  • Cellular Immunology and Immunogenetics Group
  • National Center for Genomic sequencing  CNSG.
  • Virology Group.
  • Study and Control of Tropical Diseases Program (PECET)


  • Rockefeller University (United States).
  • INSERM (France).
  • NIH (United States).
  • Ludwing Maximillian’s-University
  • University of Freiburg (Germany).

Notable Projects


  • Human Immunity and Infection Control: Insights from Primary Immunodeficiency Disorders.
  • Immunological and Genetic Characterization of Colombian patients with Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis (EV) and Recalcitrant Warts (RW).
  • Identifying Monogenic Inborn Errors of Innate Immunity Underlying Fungal and Parasitic Infections in Colombian Patients.
  • COVID Human Genetic Effort: Search for Inborn Errors of Immunity Underlying severe SARS-CoV-2 infections in previously Healthy Individuals.
  • Discovering the Human Genetic Bases of Tuberculosis (TB) and Mendelian Susceptibility to Mycobacterial Diseases (MSMD) in HIV-negative Colombian Patients.
  • Newborn Screening of Congenital Lymphopenia.
  • COVID Human Genetic Effort: Search for Inborn Errors of Immunity Underlying severe SARS-CoV-2 infections in previously Healthy Individuals.

Main Research Results

  • Alejandro Escobar Prize 2002.
  • Premio a la Investigación Universidad de Antioquia 2007.
  • Colombiano ejemplar en Ciencias - Director Jose Luis Franco 2010.
  • Over 80 internacional and national publications.
  • Reconocimiento: Jeffrey Modell Research and Diagnostic Center para Colombia.

Research Portafolio

  • Portfolio of specialized care services on immunology: clinical care and specialized tests.

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