Victor M. Navarro

Harvard Medical School, USA


Victor M. Navarro conducted his predoctoral work with Dr. Manuel Tena-Sempere in the Department of Physiology at the University of Córdoba, Spain, where he studied kisspeptin signaling in the brain. Kisspeptin is encoded by the Kiss1 gene and binds to a G protein-coupled receptor, Kiss1r. The importance of this signaling pathway became evident in 2003, when inactivating mutations in the Kiss1r were linked to hypogonadotropic hypogonadism in humans and mice. As a predoctoral student, his research contributed to characterize the essential role of kisspeptins in puberty onset and the maintenance of reproductive function in adulthood. As a consequence of this training and his achievements, he was honored to receive two prestigious grants to support his postdoctoral training: first, a Fulbright Scholarship sponsored by the US Department of State and the Spanish Ministry of Science; the second, a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship from the European Union. In 2007, Navarro joined Drs. Robert Steiner and Donald Clifton at the University of Washington as a postdoctoral fellow. During his four years as a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Steiner's laboratory, the objective of his research was to elucidate additional hypothalamic pathways that regulate the action of the Kiss1 system, using the mouse as a model. His training at the University of Washington offered him an invaluable setting to discuss science and develop collaborations with its brilliant scientific community, thereby broadening his knowledge in new techniques and interdisciplinary teamwork while enhancing his skills as a scientific communicator. Upon completion of this training in March 2011, he returned to Dr. Tena-Sempere’s laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow to fulfill the one-year “return-to-Europe” phase imposed by the EU on European Marie Curie fellows, which ended at the beginning of 2012. In September 2012, he was recruited by Dr. Ursula Kaiser as a Junior Faculty at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

Biography Updated on 29 May 2013

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