Qualified Veterinary Medicine from the University of Cordoba in 1989 (Honours Degree), Doctor of the University of Cordoba in 1992 (PhD Prize). Has conducted post-doc stays in University College Dublin (Ireland), Cornell University (USA) and Bristol University (UK). He has held positions at the University of Córdoba and since 2010 is Full Professor in the Department of Comparative Anatomy and Pathology of the University of Córdoba, Spain.
Main research interest is immune response and vaccine development against helminth infection, particularly in immune response and vaccine trials for Fasciola hepatica in sheep and goats. He has been coordinator of a European project VI PM (DELIVER), partner principal investigator and coordinator of the training package of a European project VII PM (PARAVAC).He is partner principal investigator and work-package coordinator (Interrogating host/parasite interactions to optimize downstream delivery to generate protection) in a Horizon 2020 project (PARAGONE). He has participated as a researcher in two European projects of the VI PM (EADGENE and SABRE), in 5 national research projects and 5 other regional projects, principal investigator of a regional project and two national complementary actions. He has participated in 14 other projects and research grants and research contracts.
The research results have been published in 114 papers in journals ISI (87 in the first quartile), 1235 citations, h-index: 18, 25 articles in journals non ISI journals. He has participated in two organizing committees for national congresses, in 3 scientific committees of national and international meetings. He has presented two invited papers at two international conferences and a national conference. He has participated as author or co-author of 250 communications and / or posters in international and national congresses. Has been director of 8 finished doctoral theses and director or co-director of 6 ongoing PhD thesis.
He has been evaluator of research projects for the Spanish National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective (ANEP) in 3 calls , Agency FONDECYT (Chile ) National Agency for Science and Technology ( Argentina ) , ” National Research Centre ” (Poland ) and the National Agency for Research and innovation ( Uruguay ) . He has been a reviewer for more than 50 articles in 20 journals ISI, including Plos negl Trop Dis , Vaccine , BMC Vet Res , Vet Pathol , Vet Parasitol , Exp Parasitol , J Helmintol , Europrot , Vet J , J Parasitol , among others. Animal Health expert in the ” European Food Security Agency ‘ (EFSA): 2006-2010.
Selected Key publication:
1.- Molina-Hernández V, Mulcahy G, Pérez J, Martínez-Moreno Á, Donnelly S, O’Neill SM, Dalton JP, Cwiklinski K.2015. Fasciola hepatica vaccine: we may not be there yet but we’re on the right road. Vet Parasitol. 28;208(1-2):101-111
2.-Zafra R, Pérez J, Buffoni L, Martínez-Moreno FJ, Acosta I, Mozos E, Martínez-Moreno A. 2013. Peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets in Fasciola hepatica infected and immunised goats. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 155(1-2):135-138
3.- Zafra R, Pérez-Écija RA, Buffoni L, Pacheco IL, Martínez-Moreno A, LaCourse EJ, Perally S, Brophy PM, Pérez J. 2013. Early hepatic and peritoneal changes and immune response in goats vaccinated with a recombinant glutathione transferase sigma class and challenged with Fasciola hepatica. Res Vet Sci. 94(3):602-609
4.- Zafra R, Pérez-Écija RA, Buffoni L, Moreno P, Bautista MJ, Martínez-Moreno A, Mulcahy G, Dalton JP, Pérez J. 2013. Early and late peritoneal and hepatic changes in goats immunized with recombinant cathepsin L1 and infected with Fasciola hepatica. J Comp Pathol. 148(4):373-84.
5.- Buffoni L, Martínez-Moreno FJ, Zafra R, Mendes RE, Pérez-Écija A, Sekiya M, Mulcahy G, Pérez J, Martínez-Moreno A 2012. Humoral immune response in goats immunised with cathepsin L1, peroxiredoxin and Sm14 antigen and experimentally challenged with Fasciola hepatica.Vet Parasitol. 185(2-4):315-321
6.- LaCourse EJ1, Perally S, Morphew RM, Moxon JV, Prescott M, Dowling DJ, O’Neill SM, Kipar A, Hetzel U, Hoey E, Zafra R, Buffoni L, Pérez Arévalo J, Brophy PM.2012. The Sigma class glutathione transferase from the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012;6(5):e1666.