Tell us a bit about your line of research

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. I’m fascinated by how organisms adapt to different nutritional environments. My project is focused on the study of lipid metabolism inside the cell. By using cellular and animal models, I’m studying the role of the peroxisome in lipid metabolism. Peroxisomes are compartments inside the cell with many functions but that we don’t completely understand yet. 

What are you excited about in science communication?

I’m excited about making scientific knowledge open to everyone. Research and scientists’ salaries are majoritarily funded with public money coming from the taxes we all pay. However, the current journal system that we all use to disseminate knowledge is obsolete and makes science available only to a selected group of people who can afford it. This is unfair and needs to change now. Preprints in biology have been a milestone in the advance toward making science open to everyone, and I cannot wait to see how science communication evolves in the next few years. 

Why did you choose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program?

I have been part of the ASAPbio Community for two years. This new Fellows program is exciting and has gathered an incredible group of very talented people that share the same values about open science. I could not miss the opportunity to join them and learn more about this topic.

Ask me about…

Politics, basketball, Granada, IPA beers, or how to make a delicious salmorejo (typical tomato cream from the south of Spain).