Jose F. Garcia Mazcorro, Ph.D.
Welcome to my personal webpage
I am a writer and a Biomedical Research Scientist and I live in Monterrey, NorthEast Mexico. I have a degree in Veterinary Medicine but I was never really interested in practicing medicine per se. I got a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University for my work on host-associated microbial communities. I run a project dedicated to promote Intellectual Nutrition, I am a big fan of nature (see Ecotourism) and I also gathered a few cool phrases just in case you need one.
Becoming a scientist
I studied Veterinary Medicine from 2000 to 2005 and as many others in my generation I did not have a clear life plan. I started helping out in the Laboratory of Microbiology during my first year of Vet School, fascinated by the growth of bacteria in Petri dishes.
In 2006, I temporarily moved to the city of College Station, Texas, USA. By the end of 2006, I applied for a job as a technician in the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University and somehow I got it. I will always be grateful to Dr. Joerg Steiner, for first giving me a job and believing I could do well in his lab. After a year working in the GI Lab, I was very fortunate to be accepted into a Ph.D. program with Dr. Jan Suchodolski, one of the most enthusiastic and energetic scientists in the field of gut microbial ecology. I will always be grateful to Dr. Suchodolski for accepting me as his graduate student and for believing I could succeed under his mentorship. He and Dr. Steiner introduced me into the scientific field, and my research work will always be dedicated to them.
Our research work is oriented to try to comprehend complex communities of microorganisms using molecular and computational tools (see our publications). We have presented our results in several scientific events and we are part of several professional and other groups such as the prestigious International Society for Microbial Ecology. I regularly help scientific journals with peer-review and we are involved in organizing different courses and workshops. I also maintain a small -hopefully useful- electronic library about microorganisms and related topics.
On a broader and more personal sense, I am interested in virtually every aspect of microbial biology, especially genetics and co-existence with animal hosts. I consider myself proficient in Biostatistics, I love Bioinformatics and other fields of Biomedical Sciences but I am always pushing myself into other fields. If you feel that I can be of any help, please do contact me (josegarcia_mex AT hotmail.com). I am always happy to chat about tiny life forms, especially the ones living inside of our digestive tracts.