Gustavo Caballero-Flores

Position title: Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Pronouns: he/him/his


Gustavo obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the “Michoacan University of San Nicolas de Hidalgo” (UMSNH), a state university in south-west Mexico. At UMSNH, he worked on bacterial resistance to heavy metals in Dr. Carlos Cervantes’ lab. Then, he joined Dr. Jose L. Puente’s lab at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) for his Ph.D. studies. In Dr. Puente’s group, he studied regulatory mechanisms controlling expression of virulence genes in bacterial pathogens. During this time, he became passionate about the events underlying host-pathogen interactions in the gut. Thus, after completion of his Ph.D., he moved to the U.S. to receive postdoctoral training in Dr. Gabriel Nuñez’s lab at the University of Michigan. There, he investigated mechanisms promoting early intestinal colonization by enteric pathogens and the role of the gut microbiota and maternal antibodies in protection against infection. Now, he is thrilled to continuing his career as a faculty at UW-Madison starting on Spring 2024.

Outside the lab, Gustavo is a sports fan. He also likes playing soccer, jogging, reading, and cooking Mexican food. However, what he loves most is spending fun time with his wife and two kids.

Gustavo’s guilty pleasures: Horror films, the Big Bang theory, ketchup on the pizza.

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