I am Mariano Molina, I study microbiology, and I like viruses.
I am 25 years old. I was born in Santiago, Veraguas, Panama and I did my bachelor’s in medical technology there.
My bachelor’s research was about respiratory viruses, and later on, I obtained a scholarship to study a master’s program abroad from SENACYT. I worked for almost two years in the Cordon de Vida lab and nearly one year in Gastrolab, Panama City, Panama.
Then I moved to Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in August 2019, where I started my master’s program in microbiology at Radboud University. The program includes two internships, and I started in March 2020, the first one doing HPV research in the LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport, LA, United States, where I live now.
Why the name “mariano the virologist”?
I am not a virologist, and I don’t have a specialization in virology. But I hope to become one. It is like a goal in the long term. This blog pretends to show it by posting personal articles and everything related to viruses.
During every step of my life, the support of my family has been immense. That is why I must be thankful to my mom Berta Moreno, my gran grandmother Juana Villarreal, my uncle Mario Moreno, and my aunt Kathia Raven.