In the laboratory with… Fernando Muñoz Guzón. Parga Pondal reseacher
In the laboratory with… is an area in which we introduce with five questions the talent and excellence of Campus Vida researchers on a weekly basis.
Name and surname(s): Fernando Muñoz Guzón.
Post / research Group: a Parga Pondal researcher / Surgery, radiology and experimental veterinary ultrasound scans.
Institution: Faculty of Veterinary. Lugo.
Since 2000, we have been working on assays to biologically assess biomaterials, mainly in materials implanted in bone. Our group actively collaborates with firms and other Spanish and European universities to perform in vivo assays to develop biomedical materials and devices. Our laboratory is able to prepare resin-embedded samples by the thin-film method without having to extract the implant from the bone surrounding it. This enables us to evaluate how biomaterials behave in a living organism.
We are currently doing research works in collaboration with researchers from the following universities: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Politécnica de Barcelona, Murcia, Zurich, Vienna; and with some Spanish and overseas firms in countries like Switzerland, which have selected us to conduct part of the R&D+I.
1. Who is the most important scientist of the twentieth century for you? Why?
Santiago Ramón y Cajal is a Spanish scientist with whom many Spanish researchers can identify themselves as he managed to unravel the functional structure of nerve tissue with very few resources.
2. Which discovery changed the world? Why?
Perhaps penicillin. The objective of a life sciences researcher is to save lives, and perhaps this finding has contributed the most to it.
3. Why did you decide to be a researcher?
Quite by chance, actually. It’s probably true that the possibilities to do so entered my life, and I happened to be there and saw my chance. My family says I know how to sell an idea well, so perhaps that’s a virtue.
4. What is your most important research line? What results do you expect to obtain and what impact may they have on society?
In our ever-ageing society, the R&D of materials that enable us to produce devices that substitute damaged organs through age-related wear is a fundamental research line to improve people’s quality of life. We evaluate the response of tissues, mainly the bone surrounding implanted biomaterials, to assess that which achieves osteointegration as quickly as possible in order to permit a substituted organ’s rapid functionality.
5. In what way do you think that the “Campus Vida” surroundings improve your research?
I expect Campus Vida to be a platform that knows how to properly handle available resources to obtain results which can be applied in the future. It can enable research groups with shared interests in research lines and in obtaining resources to contact each other.