Thursday September 5th, 2019
David Díaz López
David Díaz López is graduated in Biology from the University of Salamanca (2006), postgraduate in Neuroscience and Doctor with European mention from the same University (2011). He carried out his Doctoral Thesis at the Laboratory of Neural Plasticity and Neurorepair under the direction of Drs. José Ramón Alonso Peña and Eduardo Weruaga Prieto. His research consisted of performing bone marrow transplants as a cellular therapy in a mouse model with selective neuronal loss, achieving a remarkable histological and functional recovery. During the development of his thesis, he paid research visits to the Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich (Germany) and to the Institute Pasteur in Paris (France). Later, he was hired as a professor at the Department of Cell Biology and Pathology of the University of Salamanca, where he has practiced as such until today, combining teaching and research tasks. David Díaz has focused his postdoctoral research on the refinement of cell therapies, mainly through the genetic modification of transplanted cells. He uses new techniques developed during a stay at the Hôpital Paul-Brousse de Villejuif (France). Other improvement strategies in which he has participated directly, or as director of several doctoral students, are the use of alternative cell types (human mesenchymal or suppressive myeloid cells), the modulation of inflammatory processes associated with neurodegeneration, or the combination of cellular transplants with synergistic pharmacological therapy.