From 2012-2018, Dr Gonzalez supervised all clinical and scientific activities Abbott Rapid Diagnostics (formerly Alere) Africa and Latin America and supported the development of new HIV technologies for early infant diagnosis (EID), viral load and genotyping. He also supported National HIV/TB and malaria programs in various countries and private-public-partnership initiatives to build capacity for point-of-care testing techniques.
From 2006 to 2011, Dr Gonzalez served as Associate Researcher of Columbia University’s School of Public Health and as Senior Regional Laboratory Advisor at the International Center for AIDS Care & Treatment Programs (ICAP) for Africa and the Caribbean. In that role, he oversaw laboratory activities for 400 ICAP-supported sites in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Mozambique.
From 2004-2006, Dr Gonzalez was National Advisor for the National Reference Laboratory in Kigali, Rwanda, where he coordinated the implementation of the World Bank Multi-Country HIV/AIDS Program (MAP) to upgrade the first 13 clinical laboratories in rural areas of Rwanda for HIV, TB and malaria control. He also worked with ICAP and the U.S. CDC teams in Swaziland to strengthen and execute the laboratory component of the Swaziland HIV Incidence Measurement Survey (SHIMS) project.
Dr Gonzales has an M.D. from Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado of Venezuela and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences / Molecular Genetics from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.