Juan Rojo

General Area of Interest and/or Specialist:
Clinical microbiology, medical parasitology, and neglected tropical diseases
Neglected tropical diseases student engagement essay honorable mention “Using social media to raise awareness of NTDs” Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, 2015.
Outstanding Academic Achievement with Honorary mention from UTEP’s President Diana Natalicio, 2012.
Face of UTEP for Clinical Laboratory Science, 2012.
Distinguished Academic Achievement in Clinical Chemistry, 2012.
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program, 2011.


  • Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences - Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Texas Tech University
  • B.S., Clinical Laboratory Sci./Medic, University of Texas

Research Interests

  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Tropical Diseases

Courses Taught

  • BMS 501: Microbes in Human Disease
  • BMS 503: General Microbiology
  • BMS 504: General Microbiology Lab
  • BMS 650: Molecular Diagnostics
  • BMS 720: Mycology Parasitology Virology
  • BMS 721: Mycology Parasit Virology Lab
  • BMS 750: Case Studies in Microbiology
  • BMS 751: Adv Clin Microbiology Intrnshp
  • BMS 761: Clin Microbiology Internship
  • BMS 790: Undergrad Teaching Experience
  • BMS 799H: Senior Honors Thesis
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/MCBS

Selected Publications

Zhang, W., Le, L., Ahmad, G., Molehin, A. J., Siddiqui, A. J., Torben, W., . . . Siddiqui, A. A. (2020). Fifteen Years of Sm-p80-Based Vaccine Trials in Nonhuman Primates: Antibodies From Vaccinated Baboons Confer Protectionin vivoandin vitroFromSchistosoma mansoniand Identification of Putative Correlative Markers of Protection. FRONTIERS IN IMMUNOLOGY, 11. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2020.01246

Le, L., Khatoon, S., Jimenez, P., Peterson, C., Kernen, R., Zhang, W., . . . Siddiqui, A. A. (2020). Chronic whipworm infection exacerbates Schistosoma mansoni egg-induced hepatopathology in non-human primates. PARASITES & VECTORS, 13(1). doi:10.1186/s13071-020-3980-z

Zhang, W., Molehin, A. J., Rojo, J. U., Sudduth, J., Ganapathy, P. K., Kim, E., . . . Siddiqui, A. A. (2018). Sm-p80-based schistosomiasis vaccine: double-blind preclinical trial in baboons demonstrates comprehensive prophylactic and parasite transmission-blocking efficacy. ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, 1425(1), 38-51. doi:10.1111/nyas.13942

Siddiqui, A. J., Molehin, A. J., Zhang, W., Ganapathy, P. K., Kim, E., Rojo, J. U., . . . Siddiqui, A. A. (2018). Sm-p80-based vaccine trial in baboons: efficacy when mimicking natural conditions of chronic disease, praziquantel therapy, immunization, and Schistosoma mansoni re-encounter. ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, 1425(1), 19-37. doi:10.1111/nyas.13866

Molehin, A. J., Sennoune, S. R., Zhang, W., Rojo, J. U., Siddiqui, A. J., Herrera, K. A., . . . Siddiqui, A. A. (2017). Cross-species prophylactic efficacy of Sm-p80-based vaccine and intracellular localization of Sm-p80/Sm-p80 ortholog proteins during development in Schistosoma mansoni, Schistosoma japonicum, and Schistosoma haematobium. PARASITOLOGY RESEARCH, 116(11), 3175-3188. doi:10.1007/s00436-017-5634-4

Rojo, J. U., Melkus, M. W., Kottapalli, K. R., Okiya, O. E., Sudduth, J., Zhang, W., . . . Siddiqui, A. A. (2017). Sm-p80-based schistosomiasis vaccine mediated epistatic interactions identified potential immune signatures for vaccine efficacy in mice and baboons.. PLoS One, 12(2), e0171677. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0171677

Molehin, A. J., Rojo, J. U., Siddiqui, S. Z., Gray, S. A., Carter, D., & Siddiqui, A. A. (2016). Development of a schistosomiasis vaccine.. Expert Rev Vaccines, 15(5), 619-627. doi:10.1586/14760584.2016.1131127

Zhang, W., Ahmad, G., Le, L., Rojo, J. U., Karmakar, S., Tillery, K. A., . . . Siddiqui, A. A. (2014). Longevity of Sm-p80-specific antibody responses following vaccination with Sm-p80 vaccine in mice and baboons and transplacental transfer of Sm-p80-specific antibodies in a baboon.. Parasitol Res, 113(6), 2239-2250. doi:10.1007/s00436-014-3879-8

Most Cited Publications