Tell us something about yourself.
I’m a physician originally from Costa Rica in the final months of my PhD in stroke medicine.
How did you get involved in stroke research?
I got involved because I found that my current PhD project was interesting and a challenge at the same time, and it went with my previous expertise in the field of vascular diseas
Why did you choose this topic?
The topic of the project is part of a larger study, looking at stroke associated pneumonia variation as a whole in England and Wales, and this study is critical to understanding the different aspects that could be associated with the development of SAP.
What have been the most difficult challenges regarding your research career so far?
Working with big data as a clinician has been a challenge, but learning about the different statistical approaches and pitfalls of big data has been an amazing experience.
How do you balance work life and free time/home life?
I have a clear schedule, no work should go on from 6 pm any day. And should work needs to be done during the weekend, I usually stick to my workweek schedule as well.
What do you think a mentor should do to support the projects and the career of a mentee and, conversely, what should a mentee expect from a mentor?
A mentor should provide clear guidance to the mentee, not only from a research or career perspective but also from a personal one. Conversely, a mentee should provide clear goals, and initial steps on how to reach those goals. This way, it is easier for both the mentor and mentee to work on achieving those goals.