José Fernández-Romero is a scientist at the Population Council’s Center for Biomedical Research. Fernández-Romero is part of the Council’s pre-clinical virology group, primarily screening potential microbicide formulations and conducting extensive testing of lead microbicide candidates to identify those that are safe and potentially efficacious against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Fernández-Romero also works on the screening of compounds that may prevent or treat infections by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviruses. By focusing on in vitro (cell-based) and in vivo (animal) studies, Fernández-Romero and the pre-clinical team initiate the research and development process, seeking new preventive measures against some of the most pervasive viral infections.
Since joining the Council in 2002, Fernández-Romero has played a key role in establishing the necessary collaborations and assays (tests) to identify potential antiviral compounds.
Before joining the Council Fernández-Romero taught virology and genetic engineering at the University of Havana while conducting research on indigenous plants and their potential for antiviral activity.
Fernández-Romero has published widely in the areas of virology and translational medicine and is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the International AIDS Society.
Fernández-Romero holds a BS in microbiology and an MS in virology from the University of Havana and a PhD in health sciences from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina.