Jason is a Medical Technologist with a Master degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During his master thesis, he evaluated the expression of microRNAs in individuals infected by HTLV-1, an oncogenic virus endemic in Peru (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), Institute of Tropical Medicine Alexander von Humboldt, Lima, Peru).
After graduating, he worked as research assistant at UPCH in projects evaluating genetic risk factors (SNPs) and biomarkers of HTLV-associated diseases and developing a rapid diagnostic test for HTLV-1 using recombinant DNA and biochemistry techniques.
Lastly, he worked in the Malaria group performing molecular diagnostics of Malaria in projects of active surveillance in the North-West (Piura, CLAIM) and the North-East of Peru (Loreto, Amazonian ICEMR).
He joined the Mueller Lab as PhD student in 2017, where he will develop a new amplicon based genotyping tool, and validate the utility of P. vivax antigens to identify individuals with high risk of relapsing due to hypnozoites activation.