Daniel Hurtado: Seeing My Students Grow as Scientists Is an Enjoyable Part of My Job
Date: 2021-12-06
Source: WLA
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Q & A with WLA

Q: What is your early inspiration of doing science?
A: What inspires me as a scientist is the pleasure of creating knowledge with impact from 
my home country, Chile, to solve the world´s most pressing needs and problems.

Q: Do you have any scientific hero(es)? If so, how did he/she inspire you? 
A: I recently read Alexander von Humboldt biography and he became a great inspiration. 
Humboldt was not only a bold and creative scientist, but he also promoted an 
interdisciplinary view of nature, as well as he brought closer theory and experiments
in times where these were not close enough.

Q: What is the best advice that you have received?
A: A great mentor during my PhD studies told me once: Try to dedicate as much time as 
you can to your children when they are young, as later maybe too late to bend with 
them. I have always been grateful to him for this advice.

Q: What is your greatest achievement so far?
A: My greatest achievement so far has been to create a technology based on research and
push it out of the lab to transform into a wearable respiratory monitor that athletes are 
using today to improve their performance.

Q: What is your research goal?
A: My research goal is to understand the respiratory system from a quantitative 
(mathematical) perspective, so that I can then create a virtual lung that can be used for 
in silico trials, early disease diagnosis and to guide medical treatment.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The most enjoyable parts of my job are seeing my students grow as scientists
accomplishing their goals and the discovery moment where knowledge is created.

Q: Would you like to share with us some of your unforgettable experience?
A: One of the most enjoyable experiences in my career was to give a lecture to a general 
audience in a Nerd Nite event. I had the chance not only to communicate my research, 
but also play with one of my favorite jazz trumpet players that night, who was also 
giving a concert right after my talk.