Braulio M. Valencia is a Peruvian infectious diseases specialist and PhD student majoring in human immunogenetics of infectious diseases and virology at the Kirby Institute, The University of New South Wales (UNSW). His research focuses on understanding the human genetic determinants of severe infections. His interest aims to translate cutting-edge technology into understanding the pathobiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neglected tropical diseases. He has published 24 peer-reviewed papers, two book chapters and contributed to two WHO technical reports in diverse aspects of American Tegumentary Leishmaniasis, HTLV-1, and the severity of viral infections. He is also an active peer-reviewer of journals in genetics, immunology, parasitology, and infectious diseases and is passionate about medical education.