Jorge Cervantes, MD, PhD

Research Associate, Pediatrics, UConn Health (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I chose the Department of Virology at Kagoshima Univ in Japan for graduate school because it had a good reputation in working with HLA and viruses. I performed epidemiological studies on HLA and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection in Bolivian Andean ethnic groups. Understanding the differences in the way this infection occurs in autochthonous South-American populations could assist future vaccination plans. I spent the third year of my Ph.D. studentship at the Department of Epidemiology (previously Department of Public Health), as it fit well with my interests and were developing projects on virus infection and cancer susceptibility.

By that time, I started several other infectious diseases-public health related projects, with collaborators at my home university and other international institutions.

My post-doc position at Hamamatsu University School of Medicine was part of a COE project granted by Hamamatsu Photonics, a company dedicated to develop new fields of scientific technology. I joined the Department of Infectious Diseases and worked on innate immunity against intracellular pathogens using modern imaging techniques.

I have joined the Spirochete Research group at the University of Connecticut Health Center since 2009, where we have been studying aspects of human innate immunity of Lyme disease. Our findings have provided novel concepts of TLR signaling in human monocytes and macrophages. We aim to ultimately correlate human variants of TLR8 with disease severity.

I am also currently working on the TLR2 signalling response to various lipids from periodontal disease pathogens and enteropathogens, and their role in the development of autoimmunity and atherosclerosis.


Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences (Kagoshima University, Faculty of Medicine. Kagoshima, Japan -2003)
M.D. Medical degree (Cayetano Heredia University. Lima, Peru – 1998)

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressUniversity of Connecticut Health Center
Department of Pediatrics
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 3510
Farmington, CT 06030-3510