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Anya Medina Benavente, post-doc

My name is Anya Medina. I received my Medical Degree from Catolica Santa Maria University in Peru in 2007. During my medical studies and my first year working as a general medical doctor, I developed a great interest in understanding basic science to explain diseases. Therefore, I decided to join a Cell Physiology Ph.D. program at Gunma University in Japan. My Ph.D. studies were focused on Beta cell physiology and regeneration. Throughout my Ph.D. in Japan I developed numerous new technical and intellectual skills and a deep understanding and interest in beta cell biology. The translation of this basic science knowledge into therapy for important diseases like diabetes encouraged me to pursue an academic career as a scientist. 

Upon completion of my PhD I was fortunate to be recruited to join the Lund University Diabetes Center and I joined the Unit of Molecular Metabolism in 2015. During my first 3 years of postdoctoral experience, I have been able to fully characterize the autophagy pathways in beta cells and study how these processes are related to beta cell dysfunction in diabetes.


Anja Medina Benavente
E-mail: anya_medina [dot] benavente [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Assistant researcher

Molecular Metabolism


Lund University Diabetes Centre, CRC, SUS Malmö, Entrance 72, House 91:12. SE-205 02 Malmö. Telephone: +46 40 39 10 00