IBEC student headed for Michigan with Daniel Bravo scholarship

Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies PhD student Jesús Ordoño will spend six months at Michigan State University with a Daniel Bravo scholarship.

He’s one of just three winners in the 2018 call by the Fundació Privada Daniel Bravo Andreu, which aims to to stimulate high impact biomedical research in Catalonia by awarding a monthly stipend plus travel expenses for researcher to stay in some of the most prestigious centers in the world.

Jesús will work at Michigan State University’s Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering on a project entitled “Elucidation of the mechanisms and signaling pathways of lactate on cardiac regeneration”.

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His group leader there will be IBEC alumnus Aitor Aguirre, who’s now Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

“In the last couple of years I’ve demonstrated for the first time that lactate is able to modulate the microenvironment of the postnatal heart, promoting the regeneration of the cardiac tissue,” Jesús explains. “This finding could provide a new strategy to cure the cardiac muscle after an injury such as heart attack.”

His stay with Dr. Aguirre, who has extensive experience in human stem cells and metabolism, will enhance this line of research by diluting and characterizing the signaling pathways through which lactate can promote cardiac regeneration.

The other two winners of this year’s Daniel Bravo scholarships are Laura García from the University of Barcelona and Alejandro Pérez from Hospital Sant Joan de Déu.