John F. Alderete, Ph.D.

John F. Alderete is Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences at the Washington State University in Pullman,WA.  He earned B.S. degrees in Biology and Mathematics at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.  Alderete's research interests include the elucidation of mechanisms of pathogenesis for the sexually transmitted infection caused by T. vaginalis. He also has multiple patents and an exclusive license agreement with the Board of Regents of the University of Texas for the first-ever point-of-care diagnostic.


Alderete has received several honors, including the Premio Encuentro Award for Science and Technology, the single highest honor given to a Hispanic individual in America. He was elected into the American Academy of Microbiology and Hispanic Magazine selected him as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America. Alderete was president of SACNAS, and he received the 2003 Distinguished Scientist Award presented at the SACNAS annual conference. ASM honored Alderete in 2004 with the William A. Hinton Award for bringing minorities into the sciences. Alderete was inducted into the Mexican Academy of Science in October 2006. Finally, he received the 2007 Outstanding Latino Faculty in Higher Education Research/Teaching in Higher Education award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc.