My teaching method is based on the individual student necessities and it will vary depending on their level. Generally, I start my classes asking the student what they already know about the topic that we will cover. Then, I will approach the topic continently asking question to the student to let them come with the correct conclusion and including as much examples as possible in order to make the topic more attractive. Finally, the student will sum all the topic up in order to clarify the principal information and I will provide them with the resources/databases/articles/etc. to fully complete the topic (in following classes I usually spend a couple minutes revising the previous-covered topics).
I am an enthusiastic student who has recently graduated in a Bachelor’s honours degree in Biotechnology (Universidad de León - Spain) and Biomedical Science (Nottingham Trent University – United kingdom). Currently, I am studying a Master by Research in Molecular Genetics (University of Nottingham – United Kingdom). I consider myself an inquisitive, active, confident and motivated person with excellent teamwork, interpersonal, time-management, communication, organisation and critical-thinking skills developed during my degree.
During my degree I have develop excellent communication skills, and I am well formed to offer specialised classes. I have previously work in:
• Lecturer at scientific conferences (both lecturing and specialised) Biotechnofar, Bionorth and ConcienciaTe organised by ABLe (2014 - Present).
•Laboratory technician and lecturer at plant world day ‘IV día de fascinación por las plantas’ organised by Universidad de León (2017).
•Principal researcher at ‘Proyecto de Educación docente’ organised by Universidad de León (2017 - Present).
•Organiser at the biotechnological, annual congress ‘BAC’ organised by the biotechnologist Spanish federation (2017 and 2018).
Moreover, I have previously work in:
•Scout Leader (ages 12-18) at Grupo Scout Parquesol and Grupo Scout Loyola (2014-2017).
•Associate researcher at IBGM’ Valladolid – Spain (June 2017 – September 2017).
•Oboe specialist at ‘Conservatorio de Musica de Valladolid – Spain’ (2004-2014).
Ignacio Rodriguez Pastrana
I was a student at University of León (Spain) studying a Bachelor’s honours degree in Biotechnology; and I am currently doing an Erasmus+ exchange at Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom) studying a Bachelor’s honours degree in Biomedical Science. The time I have spent at university has helped me to achieve both personal and academic success and to improve upon my existing set of skills. I consider myself an inquisitive, active, confident, motivated and enthusiastic person with excellent teamwork, interpersonal, time-management, communication, organisation and critical-thinking skills developed during my degree. I am now looking to further develop and use my skills in a MRes in Molecular Genetics.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
IES Parquesol College, Valladolid (Spain) - College Certificate (2008-2014)
• College Average: 9.75 / 10
Modules: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, Spanish history, Spanish language and literature and Philosophy.
As a science student during my Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics modules I have gained the basic knowledge; developing my critical-thinking, time-management skills; and the ability to detect a problem and provide an adequate solution. In my English module I have develop the ability use a foreign language increasing my communication skills. Finally, in Philosophy, I have developed my ethic, and interpersonal skills basic to work in science as part of a team.
Bachelor’s honours degree in Biotechnology, University of León (Spain) – Bachelors’ Certificate (2014-2018)
• Bachelor´s degree average: 8.34 / 10
Principal modules: General Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Genomics, Molecular Genetic Engineering, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Cell Culture, Molecular Medicine, Animal Genetic Engineering, Biochemistry, Organic and Inorganic chemistry and Statistics
During my Bachelor’s honours degree I learnt how to work well in both a team and individually within the laboratory equipment. Also, I learnt how to use my theoretical knowledge to design and perform an experiment to solve a biological question. Moreover, I gained good communication skills and have achieved a wide range of scientific skills from working in a laboratory environment using biotechnological protocols including cell culture, DNA/RNA extraction and amplification, protein extraction and purification, molecular genetic engineering, colony screening, microbiology, cancer research and immunology. In these laboratories, I also learnt good laboratory safety practices due to the use of cancer cells, genetic-modified microorganisms, working with animals and harmful substances.
Bachelor’s honours degree in Biomedical Science, Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom) – Erasmus+ exchange (2017-2018)
Modules: Cell signalling and Cancer, Immunology and Virology, Forensic microbiology and Final Year research project (‘Effects of UNC0642 in autophagy and cell survival using U2OS as a possible antitumoral treatment’).
During my Bachelor’s honours degree I improve my biochemical and molecular knowledge, information technology (IT) skills, and critical-thinking. Also, with the Final Year research project I learnt how to work with minimum supervision, laboratory environment using biotechnological protocols with precious reagents including human cells, cancer cells, primary tissues, chemotherapeutic drug, monoclonal antibodies and recombinant-protein constructions. Also, I improved my confidence, pressure-handling, public speaking and communication skills during the oral presentation. The aim of my research project is: ‘Detecting the possible effects of UNC0642 in autophagy and cell survival using U2OS as a possible antitumoral treatment’. My job includes a wide range of functions from literature review to experiment design and data analysis including an article writing and publication, scientific poster design and public-opening presentation.
OLS English Exam – Erasmus Exchange Exam. Awarded with C1 level. (2017)
Cambridge English Exam - First Certificate in Exam (FCE). Awarded with Grade C (B2 level). (2015)
Oboe specialist at Conservatorio de Musica Miguel Delibes de Valladolid (Spain) Proffesional Certificate (2004-2014).
Oboe specialist at Curso Internacional de viento madera Música a l’Estiu Jávea (Spain) - Professional course certificate (2013)
Microinjection techniques and flow cytometry at University of León (Spain) - Professional course certificate (2017)
Asociación de Biotecnólogos de León (Spain) – Member and Event organiser (2014-Present)
IV día de fascinación por las plantas at University of León (Spain) – Senior researcher and participant (2017)
This project was used as a scientific dissemination to bring the vegetal scientific world to colleges and ‘non-scientific’ society. My job included a protocol optimization using potato skins as a safe explosive and citric acid as either a possible pigment or combustible. The last weeks during the project, the experiment were performed during an open week at University of León (Spain) with more than 10 colleges.
Projecto de Educación Docente at University of León (Spain) – Senior Research (2017-2018)
This project was used as a scientific dissemination to bring the scientific world to colleges and ‘non-scientific’ society. My job was to design a completely new protocol, which could be performed in colleges, to detect the hygienic milk conditions by counting the number of pathogenic microorganisms. The protocol was based on the resazurin reduction and its qualitative analysis. The experiment and its protocol, were optimized, written, recorded and published. The last weeks during the project, the experiment was performed in different colleges and during an open week at University of León (Spain).
Laboratory researcher associate – Placement/Trainee Student | Instituto de Biologia y Genética Molecular de Valladolid (IBGM) – Spain (June 2017-Septembre 2017)
As a trainee student my job was similar to a laboratory researcher associate. My basic function was to help the formed research group to continue with their studies. Some of my competences included: Timetable organizer (weekly); experiment designer (weekly); preparation of the equipment and reagents for the following experiments and contact with the suppliers; cell culture caretaker (2-3 days a week); experimental animal caretaker (weekly); preparation of the brain, gut, spine and thyroid samples; Western-blot and immunodetection preparation and analysis; samples amplification and DNA purification.
Biotechnologist Annual Congress in León (Spain) – Participant and Event organiser (July 2017)
Final Year research project – Senior Researcher (September 2017 – June 2018)
ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
Member at Asociación de Biotecnólogos de León - ABle (Spain) – Member (2014-Present)
Different national and international volunteerism– Participant (2010-Present)
During the last eight years I participate in several volunteerisms including: Red Cross participant; drug, sex and safety speeches; volunteer in feeding centres; food, clothes and toys recollections campaigns; animal caretaking; volunteer in hospitals including children, oncology and palliative care sections; and as an international humanitarian volunteering I help the Greece refugees camping from Spain with ‘Giving smiles Scouts Castilla y León’ (local-basic level) and humanitarian volunteer in Morocco with ‘Felicidad sin fronteras’ (July-August 2016).
Scouts – Leader and Member (2004-Present)
Languages: Spanish (native), English and French.
As an active person I love spending time playing any type of sport specially: basketball, cycling and swimming. Also, I am very interested in art and music as I consider myself a very creative person, includin
my professional studies in Oboe specialisation and non-professional in guitar and piano. I also enjoy challenging myself through learning new languages, cultures and societies such as English and French and currently, doing an Erasmus exchange program; constantly meeting new people and developing my communication skills. I am always willing and enthusiastic in learning and developing new skills.
Jose Antonio Gil Santos | Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetic Engineering at University of León (Spain).
Maria Luisa Nieto Calleja | Senior researcher at Instituto de Biologia y Genetica Molecular de Valladolid (Spain). Principal research: Immunology and inflammation specialist in multiple sclerosis.
Ginesa García-Rostán | Senior researcher at Instituto de Biologia y Genetica Molecular de Valladolid (Spain). Principal research: Molecular Genetics specialist in thyroid cancer pathobiology.
Amanda Coutts | Senior researcher at Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom). Principal research: Molecular Biosciences specialist in cancer research and p53 co-factor JMY and its interaction with the cytoskeleton.
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