Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Infectious Disease

Advanced Research Fellow







460 (Shattock Group)Medical SchoolSt Mary's Campus





I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Section of Immunology of Infection.  I obtained my BSc in Chemistry and my PhD in Biochemistry, working on the role of adenosine and adenosine deaminase in immunodeficiencies, at the University of Barcelona, Spain. I then joined the group of Prof. John P. Moore at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, USA.  As a Postdoctoral Fellow, I had the opportunity to make my first steps in the field of HIV working in the areas of neutralizing antibodies and CCR5 co-receptor.

My primary research interests are mucosal infection and inflammation. Using ex vivo tissue models, I study mucosal responses during transmission of HIV/SIV, HCV, and Zika virus. These primary tissue models also allow pre-clinical evaluation of prevention strategies, including pre-exposure prophylaxis and vaccine candidates. I have recently expanded the potential of the ex vivo tissue models to investigate inflammation and associated pathologies such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

During the last 10 years, I have been funded as PI or co-investigator by amfAR, HVTN-CHAVI, EU Commission FP7 Health 2012 Innovation, EDCTP, NIH, Canadian Institute for Health Research, Manitoba Health Research, Henry Jackson Foundation, Pfizer, Gilead, Merck and CHAIN Biotechnology.



Abdool Karim Q, Archary D, Barré-Sinoussi F, et al., 2022, Women for science & science for women: gaps, challenges and opportunities towards optimizing HIV-1 prevention, Frontiers in Immunology, ISSN:1664-3224

Herrera C, Olejniczak N, Noël-Romas L, et al., 2022, Pre-clinical Evaluation of Antiproteases as Potential Candidates for HIV-1 Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, Frontiers in Reproductive Health

Berry N, Stein M, Ferguson D, et al., 2022, Mucosal responses to Zika Virus infection in cynomolgus macaques, Pathogens, Vol:11, ISSN:2076-0817, Pages:1-18

Petkov S, Herrera C, Else L, et al., 2022, Mobilization of systemic CCL4 following HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis in young men in Africa, Frontiers in Immunology, Vol:13, ISSN:1664-3224, Pages:1-12

Herrera C, Cottrell ML, Prybylski J, et al., 2022, The ex vivo pharmacology of HIV-1 antiretrovirals differs between macaques and humans, Iscience, Vol:25, ISSN:2589-0042

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