Jason Munguia, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Jason Munguia
Jason Munguia grew up in Riverbank, CA and completed his undergraduate education at the University of California San Diego, majoring in Microbiology.  After graduation, Jason joined the UCSD laboratory of John Guatelli in the Division of Infectious Diseases as a Staff Research Associate, where his projects studied the role of HIV Nef and Vpu on the HIV life cycle and infectivity using a variety of biochemical, cell biologic and proteomic approaches.  Jason completed his PhD thesis research in the UCSD Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program  in our lab examining novel targets to sensitize multi-drug resistant Gram-negative pathogens such as Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa to cationic antimicrobial peptides of the innate immune system.  As a postdoctoral fellow, Jason is spearheading a collaboration with Centauri Therapeutics (Sandwich UK) which is developing novel aptamer-based drugs that seek to redirect and recruit pre-existing ant-alpha-gal antibodies present in all healthy humans to target and clear highly drug resistant pathogens including P. aeruginosa, MRSA and ESBL-expressing E. coli.