Sergio Martin Saldana
BSc in Biology, MSc in Pharmacology and PhD in Molecular Bioscience
I did my PhD in Madrid working in the development of new nanoparticulated drugs to treat deafness associated to some chemicals. Then I was working in Argentina for two years trying to use some residues from fishing industry as new environmental friendly bio stimulants for agriculture
Currently, I am working as a postdoctoral researcher in Galway trying to develop a new device that could be use in future treatments for Multiple Sclerosis
Favourite thing to do in science: Learn new things everyday
About Me: I am a Spanish researcher living in Galway with my wife and my dog Chewbacca. I love hard rock, video games, sci-fi and football, and obviously I do love Science.
My Work: The cells of our body behave as a big community where everybody takes care of their neighbors. When some of these cells detect that something wrong is happening, they call to the body police (immune system cells) that try to take care of the problem. Sometimes, these police cells react against healthy cells by mistake causing diseases like multiple sclerosis. My work is focused in the discovery of new treatments to avoid this overreaction and maintain the harmony in the cell community of our body.
My Typical Day: I wake up around 7 am, take a quick shower and go for a walk with my dog Chewie. Then I go to the lab, check my email and take care of my cells in culture to see if they are OK or they need more "food".
What I'd do with the money: I would like to spend the money on organizing a fundraiser in Galway for MS Ireland (The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland)
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
honest, funny and a little bit childish
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What is the most fun thing you've done?
The first time that I went to Atletico de Madrid's Stadium when I was 9
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
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What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Design nanoparticles that were able to reach the inner ear and protect hearing from the toxic effects of some drugs used in cancer treatment
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
The chance to do something to improve people's wellbeing and health
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To cure multiple sclerosis, a time machine and be able to fly