Dr Arnaldo Colombo Full Professor at the Division of Infectious Diseases, Escola Paulista de Medicina-UNIFESP and Director of the Special Mycology Laboratory of the same institution. He received his medical degree from the Escola Paulista de Medicina (1983), Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he continued his residency training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases (1984-1986). In 1994 he finished his PhD in Health Science at the Escola Paulista de Medicina-UNIFESP, evaluating antifungal resistance of Candida spp. He completed his fellowship in Medical Mycology at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio, Texas, USA for a period of 30 months.
Dr. Colombo has authored and co-authored 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals, accumulating more than 11,000 citations (H index 57) up to march-2018, according to data provided by Google Academic. He has organized several multicentre surveillance studies to characterize the epidemiology of opportunistic fungal infections in Brazil and Latin America, with focus on candidiasis and aspergillosis. He also collaborated with several worldwide programs to detect antifungal resistance to Candida sp. He serves as a consultant on Medical Mycology for several medical centres in Brazil and other Latin American countries.
Of note, he was the Vice-Chancellor of Graduate Students and Research of the Federal University of São Paulo between 2009 and 2012. He served as a senior consultant from CAPES for more than 20 years and had the opportunity to coordinate all Professional Science Master’s Degree related to the division of MEDICINE II-CAPES. Currently, Dr Colombo is a Senior Advisor for the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI, 2013 – present) and for Leading International Fungal Education (LIFE, 2013-present), as we as part of the International Council Member of the International Immunocompromised Host Society (2016-present).