Héctor Manuel Mora Montes obtained a degree in Clinical Chemistry (1993-1997) from the University of Veracruz, Mexico, before working as a clinical analyst at a medical centre in Veracruz, México (Centro de Especialidades Médicas del Estado de Veracruz). During this post, he developed as a clinical microbiologist, carrying out experiments in the typing of fungi, bacteria and mycobacteria, and he developed a system for the differentiation of Candida species, based on in-house zymograms for carbohydrate assimilation, and colony morphology in corn meal agar.
He then studied for an MSc program in Genetics and Molecular Biology (2000-2002) in the Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico, where his work focused on the biochemical and molecular characterization of Candida albicans mannosidases.
He continued this research on a PhD program in experimental biology (2002-2006) at the University of Guanajuato, México, then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Aberdeen (2006-2009), before returning to University of Guanajuato as a Professor of Microbiology.
In 2010, Héctor established the Laboratory of Fungal Glycobiology, whose primary interests are the synthesis mechanisms of the fungal cell wall and the interaction of medically relevant fungal pathogens with the host. This laboratory is characterized by its facilities to perform chemical, immunological, genetic, molecular and cellular analyses of human fungal pathogens, and is one of only a handful of research facilities in Mexico and Latin America that offers a multidisciplinary and integral approach to understanding these types of pathogens. The two fungal models under study are species of the genus Candida and Sporothrix.
His active interest in Sporothrix led him, together with Prof. Leila Lopes Bezerra (UERJ, Brazil), to create the first working group on Sporothrix and sporotrichosis registered at the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology.
Héctor has published a number of research papers, worked on books on fungal pathogenesis and glycobiology, and has held several editorial positions for peer-reviewed international journals.