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.