• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Costa Rican pharmacist awarded for epidemic-fighting research

November 30, 2018

The world may be better prepared for a deadly epidemic thanks to the research of a Costa Rican.

Pharmacist Erick Bermúdez Méndez, a graduate of the University of Costa Rica, developed complexes of nanoantibodies capable of neutralizing harmful viruses. The research could diminish the time it takes to find treatments for dangerous outbreaks.

Bermúdez received the “Virology Goldbach MSc” award last month at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands for his thesis titled “Development of neutralizing nanobody complexes using bacterial superglues.” The prize is given biennially to a student that has written an excellent MSc thesis, according to the university.

“The result of the study serves as proof-of-concept to demonstrate that the platform based on nanoantibody complexes, with the use of bacterial superglues, is feasible,” Bermúdez said through a UCR statement.

“Normally, studying and developing a vaccine or therapy against a new infectious agent takes a lot of time. Therefore, one of the main objectives was to establish a new route to generate medicines.”

Bermúdez earned his Master’s degree at Wageningen University & Research thanks to a grant funded by both the UCR and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications.

The 29-year-old’s research came under the mentorship of Dr. Jeroen Kortekaas and Dr. Paul Wichgers Schreur.

“I was very happy that Erick received this recognition,” Kortekaas said. “He is an extremely talented scientist, who not only has great skills in the laboratory, but also a high capacity to communicate the results of his work orally and in writing.”


Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years.

Support the Tico Times

You may be interested

New at SJO: More staff to enforce Covid measures
Costa Rica
Costa Rica

New at SJO: More staff to enforce Covid measures

The Tico Times - June 15, 2021

Aeris, the company that manages Costa Rica's Juan Santamaría International Airport, says it has contracted additional staff to enforce coronavirus-related…

50% off Southwest Airlines flights to Costa Rica
Costa Rica
233 views
Costa Rica
233 views

50% off Southwest Airlines flights to Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - June 15, 2021

Southwest Airlines has launched a 50% off sale for its 50th anniversary, and the promotion includes flights to Costa Rica.…

‘Indignation, anger and fury’ in response to Costa Rica corruption probe
Costa Rica
27 views
Costa Rica
27 views

‘Indignation, anger and fury’ in response to Costa Rica corruption probe

AFP and The Tico Times - June 15, 2021

Costa Rican investigators on Monday carried out 57 raids, including on the building housing the country's top executive offices, in…

The Tico Times | Top Costa Rica News, Travel, Culture and Sports