Researcher biography

Johan Medina was born in Arequipa, Peru on the 31st of January, 1978. He did his elementary school studies at the Peruvian International Elementary School in Arequipa from 1982 to 1989. Then he finished his high-school studies at the Peruvian International High School (from 1990 to 1994) being awarded the "Excellence Diploma" for his outstanding performance during the high school term. He also received the "Man of Honor Diploma" for his exemplary behaviour towards his teachers and schoolmates. Later, he studied Human Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the San Agustin University (Arequipa, Peru) from 1995 to 2002 and graduated as a "Surgeon-Physician" on March 2002. Upon graduation, he worked as a General Physician in several Medical Institutions of Arequipa ( Goyeneche Hospital, TRM Hospital, Santa Maria Medical Clinic and San Juan de Dios Medical Clinic) developing his clinical skills but his growing interest in scientific research made him apply in a very competitive process to get an scholarship awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (Mombukagakusho Scholarship) on 2005. He was granted the scholarship and selected the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation, Department of Cell Physiology (University of Gunma, Japan) to perform his PhD studies which he finished on march 2009. Then, he worked as a Post-doctoral Researcher for the University of Toyohashi (Japan) having at the same time Visiting Researcher duties at the University of Hamamatsu (School of Medicine), the Tokoha Gakuen University (Department of Health and Nutrition) and the Okazaki Institute for Integrative Biosciences (Department of Cell Signalling). Currently, he is working as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Cytokine Receptor Signalling Group led by Dr Andrew Brooks at the Translational Research Institute - Diamantina Institute (University of Queensland, Australia).