How do wildfires affect your health?

About the research

About the research 

In the last decade, wildfires peaked at record numbers in different countries across the world. These fires destroy houses and burn down forests, but they also have other important 'unseen' effects. "Smoke from wildfires leads to high air pollution, which is associated with short and long-term risks, such as respiratory and cardiac diseases", as Leonidas Leiva (VUB) explains. He's working on new materials to recognize, capture and neutralize these contaminants.

Carlos Leonidas Leiva

Dr. Carlos Leónidas Leiva is a biotechnologist with expertise in the research of biologicals for therapeutic and diagnostic use. In particular, his PhD project focused on the development of egg yolk antibodies to neutralize animal toxins. This project was carried out with the participation of two major scientific institutions from Argentina, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) and the National Laboratories and Health Institutes Administration (ANLIS). As a post-doc, he worked in the production of monoclonal antibody biosimilars at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in Italy. Currently, he is an imπACT postdoc at VUB working at the interface of environmental sciences, immunology, and technology transfer.

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