Diego F. Quito-Ávila
Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador
Diego Quito-Avila, is a researcher at the Biotechnology Research Center of Ecuador, (CIBE) and associate professor in the Life Sciences Faculty at ESPOL University. Diego got his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture in 2007 at ESPOL and pursued a Doctoral degree at Oregon State University, Corvallis, US, where he obtained his PhD in Plant Pathology, esp. Virology, in 2011. His PhD research project focused on identification of virus complexes their molecular interactions and effect on symptoms induction. In 2012, Diego returned to Ecuador as part of the Ecuadorean Government Program PROMETEO, through which he joined CIBE for three years and developed a new line of research on Plant Virology. In 2017, Diego took an associate-level position at ESPOL where he teaches Virology and continues to do research at CIBE. He serves as reviewer for Plant Disease and Archives of Virology. His interests are the identification, characterization and epidemiology of new virus diseases in vegetable and fruit crops of Ecuador. Diego’s work, evidenced in more than 20 peer-reviewed articles, has allowed him to obtain several recognitions and travel awards for international meetings.