The Luquetti lab collaborates with researchers in the U.S. and in South America, including investigators with the Latin American Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations (ECLAMC), to improve our understanding of microtia and other craniofacial malformations. The lab's collaborators include:
Paula M. Hurtado V., MD
Dr. Paula Hurtado is a medical geneticist and a specialist in bioethics. She is an assistant professor at the Javeriana University in Cali, Colombia, where she currently serves as head of the Department of Basic Health Sciences and director of the Basic and Clinical Research Group. Hurtado is also a geneticist at Centro Médico Imbanaco and director of the Project in Birth Defects Surveillance with ECLAMC methodology in Comfenalco y Clínica Versalles in Cali.
Her research areas include the study of genetic conditions and birth defects, the genomics of pathogenic diseases and biochemistry, translational research and child maternal health.
Carlos Alberto Villegas Isaza, MD
Dr. Carlos Alberto Villegas Isaza is an associate professor of neonatology at the Universidad de Caldas in Manizales, Colombia. He has been a member of the Latin American Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations (ECLAMC) since 2002.
Harry Pachajoa, MD
Dr. Harry Pachajoa is an MD, as well as a PhD candidate, at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. He currently serves as head of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences and director of the Biomedical Research Group at Icesi University in Cali. His areas of research include the paleopathology and epidemiology of birth defects, teratology, vascular disruption defects and clinical genetics.
Ignacio Zarante, MD, PhD
Dr. Ignacio Zarante is an associate professor and a medical geneticist at the Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. With more than 10 years of experience in clinical genetics and 15 years of experience in basic research, he specializes in conducting research on the genetics, demography and epidemiology of congenital malformations. Learn more about Zarante's work by visiting
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