Wendy Pérez Franco
I am a young researcher passionate about the field of Life Sciences. Graduated in BSc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Havana and MSc. in Biotechnology and Bioengineering at University Miguel Hernandez, my goal is to continue developing skills during my Ph.D. and to consolidate a career as a Biomedical Researcher. My professional motivation is that my work contributes to the generation of high-level scientific knowledge that can be translated into potential biomedical applications and products.
My Research Interests
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Havana, Cuba, for my work on the use of Interferons alpha and gamma as a personalized therapeutic option for Glioblastoma Multiforme. Recently, I finished my Master's thesis working on the effects of glucolipotoxicity conditions on TGFβ signaling in pancreatic beta cells. After that, I continued learning new techniques and analyses in the field of cardiovascular research. During this period, I have been able to work independently and enrich my knowledge of cell biology, cell signaling, cell culture, and related techniques, analytical assays (Western Blot, PCR, ELISA), sample collection (tissue, blood, cultured cells), imaging techniques and data analysis using bioinformatics tools.
I am always looking for growth opportunities to exploit my potential to the fullest. One of my short-term goals is to complete my academic career through a Ph.D. I am highly motivated about being part of this Doctoral Program, which aims to unravel key biological aspects of aging and age-related disorders, one of the biggest problems of modern society. It will allow me to belong to a work team, where I can apply the knowledge acquired throughout my career, with constant feedback. I sincerely hope that my work on the multi-organ consequences of type I collagen misfolding contributes to providing key answers about the aging process and the development of novel therapeutic targets.