Dr Ana Isabel Cubas Atienzar

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Ana obtained her degree on Veterinary Medicine from the University of Murcia in 2013.

In 2017 Ana obtained her PhD from the Salford University (UK). Her PhD focused on the epidemiology and genetic diversity of parasite Toxoplasma gondii in the Peninsula of Yucatan, Mexico. Shortly after her PhD she was appointed as Research Fellow at the Roslin Institute, in Edinburgh where she worked on diagnostic development for porcine viral and bacterial diseases.

She joined LSTM in 2019 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate working on the development and implementation of novel and Point-of-Care diagnostics for the detection of High-Consequence Infectious Diseases such as Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, Lassa fever and COVID-19. She is additionally involved in molecular diagnosis of AMR markers and in the evaluation of a number of commercial tests, notably for SARS-CoV-2.

Ana lectures and run laboratory practicals in LSTM master module Trop 936 (AMR diagnostics and ELISA diagnostics). She has also supervised master projects and dissertations, including training and lab supervision.

Other relevant expertise, professional memberships, awards

Santander Travel Award, University of Salford (UK) (2016)

Graduate Teacher Assistant (GTA) Fellowship, University of Salford (2013-2016)

Formula Santander Scholarship, University of Murcia (Spain) (2013)

Spanish University Mobility Program with Latin America (ILA), University of Murcia (2011)

General Schoolarship, Ministry of Education Spain (2005 - 2012)


Selected publications

  • Byrne RL, Kay GA, Kontogianni K, Aljayyoussi G, Brown L, Collins AM, Cuevas LE, Ferreira DM, Fraser AJ, Garrod G, Hill H, Grant L. Hughes, Stefanie Menzies, Elena Mitsi, Sophie I. Owen, Edward I. Patterson, Christopher T. Williams, Angela Hyder-Wright, Emily R. Adams, and Ana I. Cubas-Atienzar. Saliva Alternative to Upper Respiratory Swabs for SARS-CoV-2 Diagnosis. Emerging infectious diseases. 2020 Nov;26(11):2769.

    Staines HM, Kirwan DE, Clark DJ, Adams ER, Augustin Y, Byrne RL, Cocozza M, Cubas-Atienzar AI, Cuevas LE, Cusinato M, Davies BM [...]. IgG Seroconversion and Pathophysiology in Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Infection. Emerging infectious diseases. 2020 Nov 30;27(1):85.

    Cubas-Atienzar AI, Gerber PF, Opriessnig T. Use of the rSpaA415 antigen indicates low rates of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae infection in farmed cattle from the United States of America and Great Britain. BMC Veterinary Research. 2019 Dec;15(1):1-7.

    Cubas-Atienzar AI, Hide G, Smith JE. MAT Seroprevalence infers low rates of Toxoplasma gondii in domestic pigs from Yucatan, Mexico. Journal of Parasitology. 2019 Oct;105(5):738-47.

    Cubas-Atienzar AI, Hide G, Jiménez-Coello M, Ortega-Pacheco A, Smith JE. Genotyping of Toxoplasma gondii from pigs in Yucatan, Mexico. Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports. 2018 Dec 1;14:191-9.

    Del Río L, Chitimia L, Cubas A, Victoriano I, De la Rúa P, Gerrikagoitia X, Barral M, Muñoz-García CI, Goyena E, García-Martínez D, Fisa R. Evidence for widespread Leishmania infantum infection among wild carnivores in L. infantum periendemic northern Spain. Preventive veterinary medicine. 2014 Mar 1;113(4):430-5.