A Personal Touch of Francisco Arjona Madueño

Arjona Madueño , Francisco

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This week: Francisco Arjona Madueño






1. Name & Nationality
Francisco J. Arjona Madueño, Spanish

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
Journalist, veterinary physician, professional footballer (as many other kids in Spain)

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
My previous academic training consisted of my Ph.D. in animal physiology. I obtained this degree at the University of Cádiz (Spain) in 2009. Since then, I continued researching in the field of animal physiology, being this my current career focus, now oriented to healthcare.

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Physiology. My current research consists of elucidating the genetic etiology and pathophysiology of inherited kidney disease with symptomatic hypomagnesemia. Given my background and specialized expertise, I mostly use the zebrafish model to pursue my scientific goals.  

I would like to generate a strong curriculum that gives me the opportunity to obtain senior-tenure projects.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
This motto establishes the drive and focus of my research. I like it because it combines the notions of scientific curiosity ("to understand") with a specific goal ("molecular mechanisms of disease"). I find the initiative of having a motto that unifies all research in the Institute quite positive. In this way, everybody know what our specific focus is.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
The realization that our conclusions can contribute to cure diseases.

7. What is your dream for the future?
From a career point of view, my dream is to be an independent researcher, eventually becoming a Professor or another similar professional figure.

From my  research point of view, I would like that my findings (overall animal models) can be used to establish a treatment for the genetic diseases I am working on. It would be very congratulating and beatiful to see that the next generation of patients with these genetic diseases can profit from my scientific achievements. 

8. Fun-facts. State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false? Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.

A: I speak French and Portuguese
B: I have worked as a researcher in a Russian military oceanographic ship
C: My favourite food is fish

Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.


Correct answer of Clive Michelo: A

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false
A: I subtly believe in parallel universes
B: I am a fan of Dutch cuisine
C:I have a super power, seriously!


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