Rafael Tosado-Acevedo, PhD


Rafael Tosado is a microbiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he is the manager of the Dengue Branch Surveillance and Diagnostic Laboratory in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He began his academic career in the Biology Department of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, where he worked as a microbiology laboratory instructor and conducted research in mycology.  As a PhD student, Dr. Tosado performed research in molecular parasitology in the Biochemistry Department of the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus.  He has postdoctoral experience in immunology from the Microbiology and Immunology Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and in Protein Biochemistry from the Biochemistry Department at the Duke University Medical Center. 


Dr. Tosado dedicated the first years of his professional life to academic research and teaching.  He was awarded educational, training, and research grants from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  He worked as a Research Associate at the Department of Microbiology of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and later joined the faculty of the School of Medical Technology of Inter American University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR) Metropolitan Campus.  He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, and serological and molecular diagnostics.  He was also a member of the IAUPR Metropolitan Campus Academic Senate and the IAUPR Institutional Review Board (IRB). 


At the CDC-Dengue Branch, Dr. Tosado coordinates the diagnostic and research activities related to the surveillance of arboviral diseases in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.  He also collaborates with other divisions of the CDC in Fort Collins, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia on emergency responses to international outbreaks of dengue. 


Dr. Tosado has been a member of the Puerto Rico Society of Microbiologists (PRSM) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) since he was a graduate student in 1991.  In the PRSM, he has participated in several committees, has worked in close relationship with the ASM Microbiology-Student Chapters, and has served as Council Representative to the ASM. 


Beyond his professional life, Rafy volunteers with Servicios Orientados al Sordo, a nonprofit organization serving the deaf community of Puerto Rico.  He also sings in the Coral Filarmonica de San Juan, a community-based choir associated with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra.