Aarón Gómez Argüello


  • Biologist. Coordinator of the Serpentarium of the Clodomiro Picado Institute, Faculty of Microbiology.

His researches have mainly focused in herpetology, immunology, hematology, and blood chemistry of reptiles, especially venomous snakes. He also studied ethology, mainly focusing on reproductive behaviors. Physiology is another area of study Gómez delved in, focusing mainly in the nutrition of venomous reptiles. Furthermore, he is interested in reptile toxinology, focusing on venomous snakes from the Elapidae and Viperidae families. Gómez has also studied the proteomic composition of venomous arachnids, particularly scorpions from Costa Rica. He has recently studied endoparasites in venomous snakes.

Publicaciones representativas de sus intereses de investigación

  • Solano, G., Segura, Á., Herrera, M., Gómez, A., Villalta, M., Gutiérrez, J. M., León, G. (2010). Study of the design and analytical properties of the lethality neutralization assay used to estimate antivenom potency against Bothrop sasper snake venom. Biologicals, 38(5), 577-585. doi: 10.1016/j.biologicals.2010.05.006
  • Chacón, D., Rodríguez, S., Arias, J., Solano, G., Bonilla, F., Gómez, A. (2012). Maintaining Coral Snakes (Micrurus nigrocinctus, Serpentes: Elapidae) for venom production on an alternative fish-based diet. Toxicon, 60(3), 249-253. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2012.04.332
  • Rojas, A., Vargas, M., Ramírez, N., Estrada, R., Segura, Á., Herrera, M., Villalta, M., Gómez, A., Gutiérrez, J. M., León, G. (2013). Role of the animal model on the pharmacokinetics of equine-derived antivenoms. Toxicon, 70, 9-14. doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2013.03.013
  • Durban, J., Pérez, A., Sanz, L., Gómez, A., Bonilla, F., Rodríguez, S., Chacón, D., Sasa, M., Angulo, Y., Gutiérrez, J. M., Calvete, J.J. (2013). Integrated “omics” profiling indicates that miRNAs are modulators of the ontogenetic venom composition shift in the Central American rattlesnake, Crotalus simussimus. BMC Genomics, 14, 234. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-234
  • Corrales, G., Meidinger, R., Rodríguez, S., Chacón, D., & Gómez, A. (2014). Reproduction in captivity of the Central American bushmaster (Lachesis stenophrys, Serpentes: Viperidae), in Costa Rica. Cuad. Herpetol, 28(2), 137-139.