Why did you choose to pursue a career in hematology?
Research in hematology is still in the initial state. There is a bright future for this science and many people depend on the outcome. There are many mysteries in this science that have yet to be discovered and it is up to us to uncover their secrets.
What are your particular research interests?
The effect of genetic disorders in hematopoiesis.
Can you briefly summarize the poster you presented at the symposium (in lay language)?
The etiology of childhood myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) remains largely unknown. Recently, GATA2 mutations have been identified as a cause of hematopoietic stem cell disorders characterized by the predisposition for myeloid malignancy. In this study we aimed to define the phenotype and penetrance of MDS in children with GATA2 deficiency.
How do you think your participation in the symposium will benefit your research?
It was my first time in a medical symposium. I was happy to show what I am doing the greatest minds in the subject and get their advice. This experience was not only an inspiration but a great way of learning new methods and how to give a better explanation of my research.
Why do you think international collaboration is important for bone marrow failure disease research?
I wish all laboratories dedicated to bone marrow failure research in the world work together. This could generate greater results, accelerate research processes and give thousands of people more chances of living a better life. This should be the ultimate aim of scientists, to unite our knowledge, our brains and our hearts for the benefit of all people.
M.Sc. Victor Pastor is a PhD. candidate of Biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Originally from Peru, he studied biology and forestry before continuing onto hematology. After studying the deer diet and the forest structure in the Peruvian dry forests, he decided to go to Germany for a masters in forest ecology and management where he focused his research in dendrochronology of tropical species.
After 11 years in the field of ecology and feeling the need for a greater challenge which more directly contributes to the improvement of human health, he applied for a job as a research assistant in the Bone-Marrow Failure Group led by Dr. Marcin Wlodarski at the Freiburg University Hospital. Due to his deep knowledge in Biology, he got the position and after a few months he decided to take the challenge and apply for a PhD position in the same group which he successfully obtained. His current research is focused on GATA2 deficiency in children with MDS and the generation of in vitro models for pathophysiological studies and therapeutic correction.