Cristina Ballesteros completed her Postdoctoral Research in Veterinary Parasitology at McGill University in 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Roger Prichard where her main area of research involved identifying molecular markers of Macrocyclic Lactone resistance in Dirofilaria immitis publishing one of the highest cited papers in the International Journal for Parasitology – Drugs and Drug Resistance for 2019. In 2018, she also completed a Mini-MBA in Biopharma Innovation offered by Rutgers University. In 2014, she completed her PhD in Molecular Parasitology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Geary, a Master’s degree in Animal Sciences in 2011 and a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology concurrently. She holds several publications and has presented numerous times at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) Annual Meeting, and the biannual Anthelmintics – from Discovery and Resistance Meeting where she served as a scientific advisor, meeting organizer and moderator in 2018.
Cristina joined the team of Study Directors at Charles River Laboratories Montreal ULC - Laval Site in June 2019 where she has been mainly taking on General Toxicology and Cell-Based Therapy studies. She also holds previous experience as a Quality Assurance Inspector at CTBR.