David
Cáceres Gallardo

“Question everything”.

I started to disassemble electronic devices, like TVs or videogames before turning 10, this was probably the beginning of my passion for technology. During my time in high school my biology teacher showed me the universe inside a cell. In a way, my vision of all those organelles, molecules and genetic information reminded me a lot of the structure and design of electronic devices, but with much greater complexity, flexibility, and adaptation capacity.

Growing up with these ideas in my head, I worked in multiple jobs that helped me to learn many things about others and myself. My beginnings in coding were as a simple amateur, discovering MS-DOS in my childhood and coding languages like Bash or Python, and especially the Linux environment in my youth. I made my first basic scripts for networking, servers and security issues, until one day I came across bioinformatics which came to unite my two great passions. A vocation was born.

I graduated in pharmacy by University of Granada. My final degree project on SNPs in the molecular pathology of von Hippel Lindau syndrome was my debut in bioinformatics research, and thanks to it I obtained the «Cátedra Bidafarma» award. Later I studied a master’s degree in bioinformatics and biostatistics at the University Oberta of Catalonia, during this period I did an internship at the Pfizer-University of Granada-Junta de Andalucía Center for Genomics and Oncological Research (GENYO), in the Marta Alarcon’s lab, and supervised by Guillermo Barturen Briñas. There I worked in my master thesis with microRNAs from exosomes in lupus patients, and builded predictive models based on machine learning.

Rocío García Carbonero recruited me for her gastrointestinal and neuroendocrine tumors lab at the 12 de Octubre Hospital Foundation (Madrid), where I worked on molecular and immune classification of colorectal tumors. There I became especially interested in the interaction between immune cells and tumor microenvironment with clinical applications.

I came to the field of cancer immunity with the same enthusiasm with which I left home when I was still a teenager who wanted to discover the world, and with the same passion that has led me to other disciplines such as history, philosophy, cycling, or traditional Irish music. My family, science and the beauty of small things are the lights that illuminate me when all the others go out.

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