When it seemed that it would never come… a PhD (doctor?) in sight!

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When it seemed that it would never come… a PhD (doctor?) in sight!

Five years ago I had the chance to join IrsiCaixa´s great team of researchers to begin my doctoral thesis entitled Synonymous changes in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus genome as a strategy to study virus biology, under the direction of Miguel Ángel Martínez.

I still remember the day Miguel Ángel phoned to tell me that I had been selected. It took me some time to realize I had obtained a fellow to perform a PhD. I could not feel more fortunate, taking into account how difficult it is to find a good place and a project that motivates you.

And now, once the PhD phase is closed, I still feel fortunate. During this time I have experienced all kind of stuff, from ups and downs, joy and frustration to a short stay abroad. A PhD full of challenges but very gratifying. I have discovered and developed several skills I did not know I could have. And at the end performing a PhD is based on that, on growing and learning and overcoming the difficulties. One of these difficulties is learning how to present and explain your results, and the biggest challenge was my thesis defence. Looking now at the big picture, it was not that big deal, but the feeling of being that nervous the previous days will be unforgettable. Even though, it was a day I will always remember, full of emotions and a lot of happiness. It is indescribable when you have a look and see that all the people you love and all your mates are there to see you shine.

Because it is there when you realize that performing a PhD is not only professional growing, but also personal. I have made very good friends and I take with me very good moments and experiences.

Thanks to all of you to make that day one of the best of my life. And thanks to IrsiCaixa people because you have become my family.

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