National University of San Martin, Argentina
While experimenting with research methods such as PCR and gel electrophoresis in a high school science class, Michay Diez developed a fascination with molecular biology. Diez had grown up curious about science. As a child, he’d conducted seed germination experiments at his family home in the small town of Ituzaingó, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His experiments in high school, however, solidified his desire to pursue a career in science so that he could expand his understanding of life at the molecular level.
Following high school, Diez matriculated to the National University of San Martin, Argentina, where he began studying Baculovirus for protein expression in insect cells and larvae, and its application as a diagnostic tool for studying animal infectious diseases. His research resulted in a paper published in the journal 3 Biotech. He also authored a review article in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.
Before graduating with an engineering degree in agricultural biotechnology, Diez learned of fellow Argentinian and Stowers Associate Investigator Ariel Bazzini’s work. He joined the Bazzini Lab in 2019 first as a Stowers Summer Scholar and then as a research technician. At Stowers, Diez has found a place where he believes he can conduct outstanding science due to “great mentorship, unparalleled research support, and amazing people who are passionate about science.”