In the laboratory with….. Rubén Nogueiras Pozo, principal investigator of the Molecular Metabolism Group
In the laboratory with… is a place where we present the talent and excellence of Campus Vida researchers weekly by means of five questions.
Today we introduce you to Rubén Nogueiras Pozo, principal investigator of the Molecular Metabolism Group
Post / Research Group: A Ramón y Cajal Researcher/ The Molecular Metabolism Group
Institution: University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)
Rubén Nogueiras Pozo did his doctoral thesis at the Department of Physiology at the USC under the direction of Prof. Carlos Diéguez, and he did postdoctoral stays in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. In 2009, he returned to the Spanish R&D system through the Ramón y Cajal Programme. He centres his research on studying how the central nervous system can regulate the metabolism of the different metabolic organisms and molecular mechanisms that mediate these actions. He participates in various international projects and has published over 90 articles. His career has been awarded several times, but the most outstanding awards he has received was the Best Young Researcher for his basic obesity research, presented by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) in 2009, and the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology Award, presented by the European Endocrinology Society (EES) in 2011.
1. Who is the most important scientist of the twentieth century for you? Why?
Alexander Fleming and his penicillin, and Watson and Crick, who discovered DNA.
2. Which discovery changed the world? Why?
I cannot possibly pick just one. From the most routine like washing machines or radios, to computer sciences, aviation, etc. From the biomedical viewpoint, which is my field, I´d choose the discovery of antibiotics and DNA, which have been the bases to fight against many diseases.
3. Why did you decide to be a researcher?
Because it is so stimulating knowing something new every week, and because you don’t know what will happen in the laboratory with every passing day. It is also logical that we all have dreams of playing our small part in helping cure some disease.
4. What is your most important research line? What results do you expect to obtain and what impact may they have on society?
Studying how the brain can regulate different fundamental aspects for regulating body weight. We hope to unveil new ways and, therefore, targets that could be used to treat obesity, which is one of the epidemic diseases of our century and entails a large number of associated diseases, which are a high social and economic burden.
5. In what way do you think that the “Campus Vida” surroundings improve your research?
Campus Vida has considerably improved infrastructures and has helped to a point in there being more interactions with other researchers. Besides, we hope it helps attract new leading researchers from other places.