objective of this Anthony Torres’ internship is knowing how to defeat
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I can’t guarantee Malingas
District) was the place where a mischievous Anthony
6/15/1993) discovered his vocation, but I believe that fertilized it.
a scholarship funded by European
to study at University
from where he followed the work oft France’s Pasteur
and having an internship at Cayetano Heredia National University’s
Institute of Tropical Medicine in Lima, this National
University of Piura’s school of Biological Sciences
undergraduated student (his last year) is amid the paperwork to have
a new one in Singapore.
you have something in mind, and you really like and passionate it,
fight for it,” he repeats. “Opportunities are out there
but they don’t knock on your door, you have to look for them.”
sleeping, antony stops to think about how his life evolved from
Malingas countryside to the Asian city-state, one of the most
developed in the planet.
Tell me aboutyour visits to your granpa’s farm.
I was ever in contact to the countryside given that my father is a
farmer and my mother is a Piurano teacher, who finally worked at a
school in the countrryside. I remember when I was a child, I went
much in Summer vacation, or long holidays, what allowed me to have a
time with my grandparents, uncles and other cousins, who used to play
with me climbing the tamarind and mango trees. The life at the farm
was pretty relaxing to me, it granted me peace and tranquility, and
actually, I still return when I feel I need to escape out the noise
and hustle of the city. My grandparents’s farm ever called my
attention. They had a lot of animals and I could spend hours feeding
them or following stealthly the hens for discovering their nests.
Since there comes the interest for studying the life, that is
basically the definition of the Biology word.
How long ago did it happen?
Since I have memories, I tell you. Maybe 15, 16 years ago.
Do you climb mangoes and tamarinds yet?
[Laughs] The last time I did it was the last year after I got back
from France. I went visiting my grandfather, and it was mango season
so I went into the farm. I saw a pretty little red mango at the top
of a tree. “I still can”, I amazed.
Is that because your physical agility, your scientific curiosity, or
It was because I was hungry. [Laughs]
But actually, as I’ve not done it time ago, I doubted about
having physical capability and agility to get it.
A little detail. However, I feel that your vocation for Biology is
very unite to your love for the countryside, or am I wrong?
Yes, it began so indeed. I was interested on animal life and from
watching how hens and lambs ate, I became a fan of Discovery
documentaries about the animal world, about Bengala Tigers, and
orangutans in tropical jungles to lions and zebras in African
I remember The Crocodriles
and another big fans of the wild life. That was how I decided about
my career, and in certain point I decided turning into a zoologist
(studying only animals) from it, but after I turned around getting
interested on biomedical research and public health.
Why did you get interested on Biomedical
Here is another pretty huge factor inside, and it’s about my
father ever wished I was a medical doctor but I really didn’t
believe to have the vocation of one. Because a medical doctor, whom
we usually refer as the person who cures us, offers a customized
attention, a person once a time in other words. However, while I was
going on my career, I knew about the life of big scientists who
discovered antibiotics, created vaccines, studied pathogens,
described diseases, etc. and their sightings not only touched the
life of one person but many times in populational scales, and much
greater inclusive, at public health level. There was the beginning
point of changing my career’s course and focusing on biomedical
Are you expecting to discover the cure of anyone of diseases we
I think that is the dream of every researcher on biomedical sciences,
the biggest contribution that one can give to the society. After a
life focused on the investigation, is that – the solution of a
Do you have any goal in mind about that particular?
Yes, I do. During my time in France, I admired the work of Paris’
Pasteur Institute, a big internationally reknown institution what
investigates about infectious diseases, mainly tropicals, those
affecting many times to developing countris like ours: malaria,
zika, yellow fever, HIV, tuberculosis, Chagas’ Disease,
leishmaniasis, etc. The list is long. I’d interested on
investigate about the mechanisms of infection and develop treatments
against them, like vaccines for example, from an inmunological
perspective, I mean how the body responses to invasion by pathogens.
Precissely, your internship in Singapore has to do about inmunology.
What’s its objective?
Yes. I precissely decided to postulate in this internship because it
offered a unique opportunity to go deep on a high-level biomedical
research on infectous diseases’ inmunology, chikungunya virus
in this case. I’ll be assigned to a laboratory that tries to
clarify the mechanisms those make the virus to evade the human body
response against the pathogen and gets to infect the cells and
causing the clinic signs (symptoms). This laboratory also has
projects related to develop a vaccine against that virus. Singapore
is one of the four Asia
a potence about biomedical research. I’m sure it will be a
great experience and serve in future pplans.
Singapore is also a contry with one of the major academic
performances in the world. So… what are your future plans?
Indeed, it is a great example of a country. Few years after its
independence, it got to consolidate as an Asian potence. My future
plans are applying for post-grade schools, getting a mastership, a
doctorate, and maybe, a not-so-far day, owning a laboratory in my
charge, where I can investigate what I’m interested on.
Our followers didn’t know I’m interviewing you, but when
we released the news, some sent questions. I have one: Are you going
to work in Peru or abroad?
Actually, I’d like to learn abroad first. Unfortunately in Peru,
scientists find out a very hard reality, a state what doesn’t
invest in research and poorly equipped laboratories (the most of
cases). However, my idea is learning abroad, then coming back to Peru
and being based in here.
any case, Anthony is clear about a thing: “When a door closes,
many more ones open.”
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