María Gallardo Gómez

Since my first years at university, I was keen to develop a career in the translational biomedical field. I graduated in Biotechnology from the University Pablo de Olavide (Seville) in 2014 and then I spent a year in Berlin, learning Bioinformatics at Freie Universität. After obtaining my MSc in Translational Medicine from University of Granada, I started my PhD at the University of Vigo in 2016, focused on liquid biopsy, aiming to discover non-invasive serum methylation biomarkers for the early detection of colorectal cancer.

As I have been doing during my academic studies, I now combine my PhD with activities I enjoy such as aerial silks training (or curtain climbing, as my mother would say). I am a versatile and adaptive person, who can fit in many different areas from wet lab to the field of bioinformatics and data analysis, and from paperwork to team collaboration and project development.

 Just to finish I want to add two sentences that I think define me somehow, since they mean perseverance, self-learning, motivation and recall an adventurous spirit.

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell them, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it. T. Roosevelt.

«It’s not worth to be sad, Nils Holgersson,» said the Sun. «This is a beautiful world to live in both for big and little. It is also good to be free and happy, and to have a great dome of open sky above you.» The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerloef.