Juan graduated in Biochemistry at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in 2014 and an MSc in Bioinformatics at the University of Copenhagen in 2016. During his MSc, he was collaborating with the Computational Biology Laboratory at the Danish Cancer Society Research Center (DCRC). After his studies, he continued to work at the DCRC as a visiting researcher involved in numerous projects. In 2017, he started his Ph.D. thanks to a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action within a multidisciplinary research-training programme. Then, he joined Prof. Xavier Barril’s lab at the University of Barcelona to complete his Ph.D. He has done several predoctoral stays at the University of Sheffield (UK), University of Otago (NZ), and Yale University (USA), where he obtained a Fulbright Scholarship to do a research stay with Prof. Craig Crews.
His work has been focused on finding activity modulators (i.e., small molecules, peptides) for a specific family of proteins called Tribbles. He has experience using computational tools such as molecular dynamics, structure prediction, protein-protein interactions, and molecular docking in several projects. Moreover, he has been trained in wet lab skills such as protein purification and biophysical techniques to discover small-molecule ligands. He has published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including Scientific Reports and Biochemical Pharmacology.