Hector Huerga Encabo, Ph.D.
Haematopoietic Stem Cell Laboratory
The Francis Crick Institute
London, United Kingdom
Twitter: @DrHHEncabo and @TReNDinAfrica
Postdoctoral Fellow at The Francis Crick Institute (London, UK), he received the Kay Kendall Leukemia fellowship to develop his research in the Haematopoietic Stem Cell laboratory led by Dominique Bonnet. Hector performed his Ph.D. in the Immunology group of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) located at the PRBB (Barcelona) led by Dr. Cristina López-Rodríguez (2013-2018). During his Ph.D., he obtained a fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Science to study how innate immune cells work in homeostasis and sense and respond to pathogens. Specifically, he characterised a new mechanism that limits type I interferon (IFN-I) and the antiviral response in innate immune cells. For his Ph.D. thesis, Hector received the Doctoral School Ph.D. Extraordinary Award for the academic year 2018-2019 at UPF. Dr. Encabo is focused on the development of the FlowAfrica initiative, a collaborative project that he leads within the non-profit organisation TReND (https://trendinafrica.org/flowafrica/). The objective of this project is to bring Flow Cytometry to research institutes in Africa, who struggle to have access to this expensive equipment, by setting new flow cytometry facilities and providing access to online training.