Antonio Jesús Caballero Sánchez

GENYO. Centro de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica, Pfizer / Universidad de Granada / Junta de Andalucía - Area de Oncología Genómica


I studied the degree of Biology at the University of Granada and I finished it in 2018. My bachelor’s thesis topic was the effect of oxidative stress produced by starvation in the brain and circadian rhythms of Umbrina cirrosa, and was carried out at the Department of Zoology, Science Faculty, under the supervision of Gabriel Cardenete Hernández. The results of this project allowed me to present a poster for the XVII National Aquaculture Congress of this year 2019, in Cartagena.
Nowadays, I am studying a master in Translational Research and Personalized Medicine and I am carrying out my master’s thesis at the GENyO center. The project is about the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and specifically, about the search and development of diagnostic markers of this disease in blood, for example, the detection of pulmonary cells in peripheral blood.






Universidad de Granada


GENYO. Centro de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica, Pfizer / Universidad de Granada / Junta de Andalucía - Area de Oncología Genómica

Investigation Group

Liquid biopsy and precision medicine

Lines of investigation

Liquid biopsy, searching for diagnostic markers of COPD in blood

The most notable result of your research

Prolonged starvation in Umbrina cirrosa generates a situation of oxidative stress in the brain which the animal is not able to counteract, because it doesn’t increase the activity of its antioxidant enzymes in this tissue. This result doesn’t match with the results of other phylogenetically related fish with Umbrina cirrosa, which can withstand oxidative stress due to fasting effectively; and, in fact, it is thought to be an adaptation to the natural feeding patterns of these animals.
Studies of this type are important because feeding deprivation during certain periods of time to induce a compensatory growth in the animal once it is fed back again, is a common practice in aquaculture field.

How did you come to science and why are you still here?

I've always been interested in science and research work, especially in biological sciences. I consider myself as a curious person and seldom do I finish the day without any question or doubts about something. In science you are constantly learning and answering new questions so, from my childhood I was sure I wanted to earn my living as a researcher.

A scientific desire

That scientific work could become properly valued and recognized, and advances in scientific knowledge could get transferred to society and serve as an impulse and guide to model future decisions that involve the whole society. That advances in science and technology could be applied in a way that really improves people’s life and the status of the planet.


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