Dr. Juan Garrido-Maraver
Qualifications and Personal History
I am from Pilas (Seville), Spain. From 2004 up to 2009 I studied for a degree in Biotechnology at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville. During my studies, I joined a research lab at the Andalusian Centre for Developmental Biology (CABD) where I became really interested in science and research.
In 2010 I did a Master’s degree in rare diseases and in 2015 I finished my doctoral thesis titled “Differential pathophysiology in MELAS syndrome” where I studied mitochondrial biogenesis and mitophagy in primary fibroblasts derived from patients with mitochondrial diseases. Besides this, I worked in parallel in a Drosophila lab, where I studied the behaviour of microtubules during apoptosis in Drosophila melanogaster development.
Currently I am working as a postdoctoral scientist for the University of Cambridge at the MRC Toxicology Unit located in Leicester (UK). Here, I combine my expertise in mitochondria and Drosophila genetics to develop my investigation around a neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease. In particular, my project focuses on the interface between mitochondria and the endoplasmic reticulum and how this can affect stress signaling responses.