Andrea Zurita, Ph.D.


Andrea Zurita Leal received her bachelor degree in Biological Science from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. She obtained her PhD degree from the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow.


Research interest

Area of expertise in molecular biology, with emphasis in molecular analysis of blood protozoa (Trypanosoma cruzi and Trypanosoma brucei) and translesion DNA polymerases.  


Selected publication

  • Andrea Zurita Leal, Marie Schwebs, NN, Leandro Lemgruber, Falk Butter, Richard. McCulloch, Christian J. Janzen. (2020). Genome maintenance functions of a putative Trypanosoma brucei translesion DNA polymerase include telomere association and a role in antigenic variation. Nucleic Acid Research, 48
  • Devlin, R., Marques, C. A., Paape, D., Prorocic, M., Zurita-Leal, A. C., Campbell, S. J., McCulloch, R. (2016). Mapping replication dynamics in Trypanosoma brucei reveals a link with telomere transcription and antigenic variation. eLife, 5
  • Costales, J. A., Kotton, C. N., Zurita-Leal, A. C., Garcia-Perez, J., Llewellyn, M. S., Messenger, L.  A., Burleigh, B.A (2015). Chagas disease reactivation in a heart transplant patient infected by domestic Trypanosoma cruzi discrete typing unit I (TcIDOM). Parasites & Vectors, 8