Alexis Diaz, PhD
My name is Alexis Díaz and I am making science to understand the nature and to shape the modern world around us. I want to make scientific advances that benefit mankind.
Since I was a child, science has been my passion. This passion gives me so many things every day e.g. creativity, honesty, happiness, and scientific rigor.
As an investigator, I am interested in Insulin Resistance and Diabetes. Despite these conditions affecting millions of people worldwide, the molecular mechanism involved in their pathophysiology are not fully understood. I believe that every day is an opportunity to make key discoveries that will improve the quality of life in people that suffer these diseases. My current interest is to discover the role of mitochondrial metabolism on insulin resistance condition in adipocyte and skeletal muscle.
To break the paradigms trying to create no obvious connection, science requires creativity and intellectual experimentation, try to fly and think in unexpected ways to connect scientific points. As a scientist, I help myself to develop my creativity through art, sport, and nature.
I started working in the James lab in 2019 to be part of an energetic and successful team. I communicate my ideas openly and honestly and as a team member, I try to use solution-focused thinking when faced with challenges. I try to do my best every day.
I obtained my Ph.D. in Biomedical Science working with Dr. Enrique Jaimovich in the Muscle Physiology Lab, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile, Chile. During this time I learnt about the adult skeletal muscle physiology and its metabolic alteration in diet-induced insulin resistance.
In 2018 I won a research fellow to work in mitochondrial metabolism in neonatal cardiomyocyte with Dr. Sergio Lavandero, in the Advanced Center of Chronic Diseases, University of Chile, Chile. In the same year, I was the national head of the human physiology undergraduate course to Medical Doctor, School of Medicine, University Andrés Bello, Chile.
According to Iyengar, "... choosing to help us create our lives, we can make choices and turn them in. Science can assist us in becoming more skilful choosers, but at its core, choice remains an art."
I choose to make science.