I came to do a master’s degree in medical microbiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and extended my stay to do a PhD focused on the diagnosis of amoebiasis. For this project I collaborated with institutions in Mexico, Colombia and Bangladesh. As a result, the paradigm for diagnosing this parasitosis was updated –in Mexico in particular.
My integration to life in the UK, and that of my wife Pilar, came about as we both enjoy playing tennis. We became members of a club called The Globe (due to the large number of nationalities represented since its foundation). When I finished my PhD, I obtained a position as a clinical microbiology resident at University College London Hospital in London, where I worked for six years. At the end of my apprenticeship at the hospital, I obtained a position as a Clinical Project Manager at Pfizer, participating in a clinical research project to develop an antifungal for the treatment of infections in immunocompromised patients. Once we were licensed to market this drug, I acted as Safety and Risk Management Director in various therapeutic areas. In this role I worked for four years and in 2005 I returned to the NHS as a consultant in medical microbiology, where I continue to work to this day.
All my family, except for my wife and daughters, live in Mexico. I maintain contact with Mexican medical colleagues and friends. My PhD research was done in collaboration with the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Salvador Zubirán National Institute of Nutrition. I have co-published in journals with Mexican researchers. Since Mexico is my place of origin and despite having been in the UK for more than thirty years, I haven’t stopped considering myself a Mexican who has had the opportunity to contribute to Mexican science and medicine from abroad. Every time I can, I emphasize the diversity and originality of our culture, geography, cuisine, and Mexican art.