Past Boards of Directors
Scientific background: Fernando completed a BSc Degree in Cellular Biology and Genetics at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid (Spain) in 2008. He successfully got a postgraduate diploma (2 years, Advanced Studies Diploma, DEA) given by the same University and researching at the Severo Ochoa Centre for Molecular Biology (CBMSO-CSIC) in Madrid. During this period he worked under the supervision of Dr Javier Díez Guerra the first year and in the group of Prof Jesús Ávila and Dr Félix Hernández the second year, also collaborating with Dr Miguel Díaz at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. In 2010, Fernando was granted with a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Fellowship for the SyMBaD program within the FP7, to complete his PhD in Prof Jeremy Henley’s group at the University of Bristol. He currently carries out his research to finish his PhD in this group.
Opinion about SRUK: I first got to know about SRUK/CERU by a forwarded email with an attached letter of presentation from the Embassy of Spain in the UK. I attended to the first seminar and meeting in January 2012 and I liked the idea of the society a lot. Networks are a vital part of any profession nowadays, but even more in Science where resources are becoming more and more scarce. I like thinking that a platform like this will foster interesting collaborations and exchange of knowledge and information, which are, in the end, two of the pillars of Science. I understand also that Spain being a country with highly well trained and qualified professionals of Science, is not however, one of the most preeminent scientific nuclei in the world. That fact worries me since Science is Development and Development is a better future. Hopefully, societies like SRUK, which know other ways to approach the scientific policies in other countries, will be a powerful input as advisory organism for Spanish Government.