ESR13 – Joey Mark Diaz – based in Essen

Project Title: Experimental and molecular characterization of tumour and blood samples from melanoma patients to define resistance to individualized therapy

After finishing my Bachelor of Science in Statistics from Central Luzon State University in 2010, I started a career in science as a research assistant of the National Genetic Improvement Program of the Philippine Carabao Center – an attached agency of the Philippine Department of Agriculture. I later became biostatistician in the University of Sto. Tomas Center for Drug Research, Evaluation and Studies, Inc. and worked on the design and analysis of drug experiments. I also acted as statistician of various researches in the areas of education, social sciences, engineering, community nutrition and biology. In 2011, I was granted a full scholarship award to study Master of Science in Health Informatics (Bioinformatics track) at the University of the Philippines Manila under the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology.

While working in the financial industry, I was able to complete my master’s thesis dealing with classification of lung cancer patients on the basis of gene expression data. I recently left my job as an analytics manager in a multinational bank to join the MELGEN Marie Curie PhD Training Network and follow my childhood dream of becoming a scientist someday.