Mauro Lago Docampo
I would like to say that I have always wanted to be researcher, but truth be told, I did not realize it until I was working on my undergrad Thesis. That was the moment when I understood that my past lack of motivation would be limiting my capability to apply for a funded PhD fellowship. So lets say that I gave up with mediocrity and decided to try my best, it did eventually pay off, as I managed to get a fully funded 3 year predoctoral fellowship from the Xunta de Galicia.
About my research
I am a PhD student under Diana Valverde’s supervision, my research is focused on Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), concretely, I want to develop a miRNA panel to facilitate its early diagnosis. Our plan to do it is to couple high throughtput sequencing with functional assays to unravel the role of the deregulated miRNA network in PAH. I have been in the lab since I started my MSc Thesis and I have worked with a wide variety of techniques. At the moment, my main expertise is molecular biology, specially to evaluate mutations. That is why I am a collaborator in Pilar Escribano’s (Hospital 12 de Octubre) project «Genetic basis of precision medicine in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension» funded by the Spanish Ministry of Health (Instituto de Salud Carlos III).
I recently did a 3 month research stay at Nick Morrell’s lab in the University of Cambridge, where I learnt how to work with Blood Outgrowth Endothelial Cells (BOECs) and also started a very interesting project that I am currently working on.
Gene editing techniques
iPSCs for disease research