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Are You Into Science? Watch Juan

Are You Into Science? Watch Juan


“My name is Juan Perez-Bermejo and I am a
third year PhD student here at Gladstone Institute. My program is bioinformatics but actually
bioresearch combines both bioinformatics and [INAUDIBLE] lab biology in the field of stem
cells. when I was a kid I was not really interested
in science at all. I never thought I would become a scientist and I never thought I wanted
to be a [INAUDIBLE] scientist or anything like that. I just became interested in biology
just when I was about to graduate from high school. I got really distressed by the idea
of having a job for the rest of my life that would be all the time the same and really
boring and monotonous. So I decided to new degree in biotechnology because I have been
told that it was the most dynamic and fun thing you could do where you would never be
doing the same. So I jumped into it. After I did it for my Masters, my boss put
me in contact with a company and I worked for a pharma company for some time. When I
was there what I found is that in biology you need to use a lot of math, the computer
science piece to analyze the data, but then the biologists had no idea about that. We
had a team of computer scientists but they didn’t know anything about biology. They really
didn’t know where data came from or how you look like or what. I became very interested
in this field where you combine both, bioinformatics, so I applied for a PhD here at UCSF and I
got accepted and here I am. We know that some people have heart disease
younger than many other people do. Some people develop heart disease when they are 30 or
40 and that is even when they have a very healthy lifestyle but we never really understand
what is happening with them. So what I do in lab is I compare the cells from those people
with the cells from people that are healthy and identifying what’s different between them. ï ® Two cells? ï ® Yeah, these are nuclei, right? But they
are still very close together. ï ® You’re saying for DNA? Usually what I tell the people is just imagine
a clock worker but you don’t know exactly how the clock works. You compare a clock that
works and a clock that doesn’t work and you see which piece is missing or which piece
is messed up and completely different and try to identify why that piece is causing
the works to not work. We discovered how some of these pieces work and why some of these
pieces are not working properly for people with heart disease. So I think in the future
what I have discovered, what I and my coworkers have discovered, can be used to improve the
treatment and the prevention of heart disease which is something I think very likely about.
Many other people can spend years thinking about a specific problem and never find something
specific but I think we did already. I would say there are two main people or factors
that encouraged me to become a scientist. In addition to doing science, one thing I
enjoy a lot is teaching in general. Not only teaching science but also even teaching like
literature and languages. Any time I come I volunteer to be a mentor even here at the
university or outside to teach other people because I really love the way people see when
they are learning something and how they theorize everything. The other one is when I worked in the other
company, I got in touch with some patients. I thought that was very inspirational for
me. Sometimes you keep complaining about how hard doing science is and how it’s not really
that rewarding many times but then you find out that there are all these people actually
living with their diseases and fighting with them. The least that we could do for them
is actually to try to help them through research which is what we do. At the same time I feel like there’s a gap
between what we do here and the application, which they call the bedside. I think that
gaps needs to be closed, needs to be got together. Hopefully in the future, and I hopefully will
be able to see that, the discoveries that we do here will be translated into treatments.
The community needs to understand that biology cannot be as it’s been traditionally. It needs
to focus even more on the patient and on their proper treatment to make sure everything gets
translated into treatments. The way I could help to do that for example, is to convince
more people, to make some more people realize that is the way science can go. Since I was a kid I’ve always been creating
my own problems and then struggling a lot to solve them but I never gave up. I always
kept working ways to solve those problems. So to me, I like to focus science on very
small problems, very small experiments and come here every morning and say, today I’m
going to get this to work, I’m going to get the results I’m looking for, I’m going to
do this thing. More than thinking about the big pictures it’s also the small problems
of everyday that encourage me to keep coming here.”


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