Giselle A. Rangel Tapia, PhD

Research Areas:

Biotechnology, molecular biology, virology, immunology, genomics, proteomics, animal trials, vaccine development, clinical and epidemiological research, public health, and neurosciences.

Summary of CV:

Dr. Rangel completed her B.A. in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Panamá, a M.A. in Virology in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2014) with the support of SENACYT-IFARHU´s Master and Doctorate Program in Agricultural Sciences. Additionally, she was granted a scholarship by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, allowing her to complete her Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2019).

As part of the research team in the Panama Aging Research Initiative (PARI; @memoriaysalud), from INDICASAT-AIP’s Center for Neuroscience, Dr. Rangel has participated in a study about the identification of genetic biomarkers through massive next generation sequencing (NGS), to detect neurodegenerative early biomarkers, like Alzheimer´s disease (AD) in Panama´s older adult population. On the other hand, as part of INDICASAT-AIP’s initiatives to join the efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, Dr. Rangel has actively collaborated in a project for the Evaluation of Immunodiagnostic Tests and COVID-19 Biomarkers in Panama.

Due to SENACYT´s 2019 reinsertion call, Dr. Rangel will shortly begin to work on studies centered in the evaluation of the impact and implications of neurotropical infectious diseases in the development of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Giselle Rangel likes to travel and learn about cultures from their foods and history, she also enjoys the outdoors and being in contact with nature and animals. Some other hobbies of hers are reading and watch movies.

Selected Publications:

Alcibiades Villarreal, Giselle Rangel, Xu Zhang, Digna Wong, Carolina De La Guardia, Gabrielle Britton, Patricia L. Fernandez, Carlos M Restrepo, Ambar Perez, Diana Oviedo, Maria B Carreira, Gilberto A. Eskildsen, Dilcia Sambrano, Yamitzel Zaldivar, Danilo Franco, Sandra Lopez Verges, Dexi Zhang, Fanjing Fan, Baojun Wang, Xavier Saez-Llorens, Rodrigo DeAntonio, Ivonne Torres Atencio, Eduardo Ortega-Barria, Rao Kosagisharaf, Ricardo Lleonart, Li Chong, Amador Goodridge, COVID-19 SEROLOGY COLLABORATOR GROUP.2020. Performance of a point of care test for detecting IgM and IgG antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and seroprevalence in blood donors and health care workers in Panama.  medRxiv 2020.09.25.20201459; doi:

Verónica Martín; Elena Pascual; Jose Miguel Avia; Giselle Rangel Tapia; A De Molina; Alí Alejo; Noemí Sevilla Hidalgo. 2016. A Recombinant Adenovirus Expressing Ovine Interferon Tau PreventsInfluenza Virus-Induced Lethality in Mice.Journal of Virology. 90-7, pp. 3783-3788.

Giselle Rangel, Sergio E. Bérmudez C. 2013. Nota sobre un caso de parasitismo de Ornithodorossp. (Ixodida: Argasidae) en una mujer proveniente de La Laja, Los Santos, Panamá. Revista Médicade Panamá. RMDP-2013; Volumen 34: (37-39).

Carolina de la Guardia, Giselle Rangel, Alcibiades Villarreal, Amador Goodridge, Patricia L Fernández, Ricardo Lleonart. Development of in-house, indirect ELISAs for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein-associated serology in COVID-19 patients in Panama. 2021 May. medRxiv 2021.04.30.21256406; doi:

Rangel G, Bárcena J, Moreno N, Mata CP, Castón JR, Alejo A, Blanco E. Chimeric RHDV Virus-Like Particles Displaying Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus Epitopes Elicit Neutralizing Antibodies and Confer Partial Protection in Pigs. Vaccines (Basel). 2021 May 7;9(5):470. doi: 10.3390/vaccines9050470. PMID: 34066934; PMCID: PMC8148555.

Villarreal A, Rangel G, Zhang X, Wong D, Britton G, Fernandez PL, Pérez A, Oviedo D, Restrepo C, Carreirra MB, Sambrano D, Eskildsen GA, De La Guardia C, Flores-Cuadra J, Carrera JP, Zaldivar Y, Franco D, López-Vergès S, Zhang D, Fan F, Wang B, Sáez-Llorens X, DeAntonio R, Torres-Atencio I, Blanco I, Subía FD, Mudarra L, Benzadon A, Valverde W, López L, Hurtado N, Rivas N, Jurado J, Carvallo A, Rodriguez J, Perez Y, Morris J, Luque O, Cortez D, Ortega-Barria E, Kosagisharaf R, Lleonart R, Li C, Goodridge A. Performance of a Point of Care Test for Detecting IgM and IgG Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2 and Seroprevalence in Blood Donors and Health Care Workers in Panama. Front Med (Lausanne). 2021 Mar 2;8:616106. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2021.616106. PMID: 33748157; PMCID: PMC7968482.

Giselle A. Rangel Tapia, PhD

Giselle A. Rangel Tapia, PhD

Highest degree of studies: Ph.D., Molecular Biosciences, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2019.

Category: Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Neuroscience, and Clinical Research Unit.