Mario Henry Rodriguez

National Institute of Public Health, Mexico 
Former General Director 

Prof. Mario H. Rodriguez earned a MD from the School of Medicine, University of Yucatan, Merida. He specialized in internal medicine at the Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion, National University of Mexico and received an MSc and a PhD in medical parasitology at the University of London School of Tropical Health and Medicine.

Prof. Rodriguez did a medical residence at the National Institute of Nutrition from 1975 to 1978. From 1983-1986 he was research fellow at Harvard School of Public Health. He was then head of the Malaria Research Center in Tapachula, Chiapas from 1987 to 1995. Prof. Rodriguez followed that post by becoming the director of the Center for Research of Infectious Diseases. In 2007 he was appointed director general of the National Institute of Public Health (Mexico), a post he held until 2012.

Prof. Rodriguez is a Level F Researcher in Medical Sciences in the National Institute of Public Health, a member of the Mexican National System of Researcher (National Investigator Level III), and  a full member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Mexican Academy of Sciences.

From 1990 to 1991, he was a visiting associate researcher in the Naval Medical Research Institute, U.S. Department of Defense. He was also a member of the Steering Committee of Malaria Field Research, World Health Organization (FIELDMAL) from 1990 to 1993. Additionally, he served as a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Vector Biology and Control of the WHO from 1991 to 2005. From 2005-2007 he served as member of the Steering Committee on Molecular Entomology, WHO, and he is currently a member of the TDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for the WHO (2009 to 2010). 

He was the founding coordinator of the master’s in sciences and doctoral programs emphasizing infectious diseases at the National Institute of Public Health. Currently, he is coordinator of the doctoral program in the National Institute of Public Health. From 1995 to 2006 he served as chairman of the Institute’s Research Committee.

His areas of specialization include: biology of vector-transmitted diseases, including the interactions of parasite vectors and genetic engineering, epidemiology and community studies. He is the author and co-author of more than 150 articles and 19 chapters in books on subjects related to vector-transmitted diseases. He was a professor in the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) and in the F. Edgard Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, USA. To date he has served as reviewer for 12 post-graduate theses (doctoral and master’s).

He was the recipient of the Dr. Jorge Rosenkranz Award for Research (1994, 2000, 2002, 2008 y 2009), the von Behring- Kitasato award, 2007 and the Dr. Eduardo Liceaga Award for Clinical Research by the National Academy of Medicine. He was nominated to the "Campeón Mundial contra el Paludismo en las Américas 2009" award from WHO. He is also a five-time recipient of the Public Health Award given by the National Health Institutes Coordinating Bureau (1998, 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008).