I am Mariano Molina, and I like microbes.
I am 26 years old. I was born in Santiago, Veraguas, Panama, where I did a bachelor’s in medical technology.
My bachelor’s research was about respiratory viruses, and later on, I obtained a scholarship to study a master’s program abroad from SENACYT. I worked for almost two years in Cordon de Vida and nearly one year in Gastrolab, Panama City, Panama.
I moved to Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in August 2019, where I started a master’s program in microbiology at Radboud University. The program included two research internships, and I completed the first one on HPV research at the LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport, LA, United States. The second project was about the cervicovaginal microbiome and its association with hrHPV infections at the Department of Medical Microbiology, Radboudumc, the Netherlands. I also completed an additional research internship on influenza virus at VIDO-InterVac, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
I am currently working as a technician researching HIV biotherapies at the Amsterdam University Medical Center, The Netherlands.