Giselle Penton-Rol

Giselle Penton-Rol

Giselle Pentón-Rol graduated with honors as a medical doctor and soon achieved a young researcher’s position at CIGB working in Molecular Genetics, Immunology and Experimental Pharmacology, to complete her first specialty degree in Clinical Biochemistry in 1993. In 1994 she was selected for a five year fellowship grant at the Mario Negri Pharmacology Institute in Milan, with Prof. Alberto Mantovani in the interleukin 1 (IL-1) system, its receptor, effectors, interacting drugs and relationships with other systems. She obtained her PhD in Pharmacological Sciences, which was validated in Cuba in the year 2002. However, her greatest achievement at that time was the birth of her twin sons in the year 2000, who are the love of her life. This, however, did not slow down her professional career, but extended her interests to medical Immunology teaching and drug research, including natural and cytoprotective products and mechanisms, mainly related to the central nervous system and autoimmune diseases. She has dozens of published papers on these topics in high impact peer-reviewed national and international scientific journals and other results have been presented in international congresses and protected by patents. Thus, in 2004 Giselle obtained her second specialty degree in Clinical Biochemistry and she later became senior researcher at CIGB (2012) and senior professor at MUH in 2014. This same year Giselle applied and obtained a special visiting researcher’s post at the University of Belo Horizonte, Brazil after having co-chaired with Dr. Boraschi, her friend and admired colleague, the Immunopharmacology Workshop of the International Congress of Immunology in Milan, 2013, where the idea of the present book was first conceived. Giselle is the head of the Cellular Biology Dpt. of the Biomedical Direction of CIGB and has received national awards from the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and Academy of Sciences, she is a member of the Cuban Societies for Immunology and Pharmacology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), Havana, Cuba