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"Thanks to my classmates I ventured into the scientific world."

Luis Martínez-Sobrido graduated in Biology in 1994 from the University of Navarra and is currently doing research at the University of Rochester (New York).

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Luis Martínez-Sobrido, in the center, with other colleagues.
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29/01/15 10:49 Patricia Sainz de Robredo

Luis Martínez-Sobrido finished his programs of study in Biology at the School of Sciences of the University of Navarra in 1994. Later, he did his doctoral thesis at the high school de Salud Carlos III and in 1999, after participating in a congress in Sydney, he decided to apply for a position at laboratory at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Finally, in 2008 he got his place as Adjunct Professor of the department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Rochester (New York) where he continues to work as Adjunct Professor and where he dedicates his professional degree program to what he likes most: doing science.

"I have very good memories of my time at the University, I had a class with classmates with great scientific interests who, in a way, were the ones who helped me to venture into my scientific degree program ," he explains. "In fact, there are many of us who are dedicated to the research, some of us work in different Departments of the University of Navarra".

In his case, his work focuses on the study of influenza virus and viruses that cause hemorrhagic fever in humans, such as arenaviruses or Ebola virus. "My day-to-day life consists of interacting with doctorate students and researchers on their lines of research, although I also write projects, manuscripts, etc. And I help run the Rochester Flu Center of Excellence. I also teach once a year at the University of Yucatan, Mexico.

Passionate about Biology, which he says is "a wonderful degree program that I would start again right now," he advises those who are studying the degree program to talk to other classmates and learn about their concerns and projects and, above all, to be advised by the professors of the University because no doubt, "they will suggest the best for your degree program".