Meet UNMC Distinguished Scientist Luis Marky, Ph.D.

UNMC researcher Luis Marky, Ph.D., answers questions about his work, life and interests.

NOTE: This profile is part of a series highlighting the 23 researchers who will be honored at an April 6 ceremony for UNMC's 2009 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.

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Luis Marky, Ph.D.
  • Name: Luis Marky, Ph.D.
  • Title: Professor of pharmaceutical sciences
  • Joined UNMC: 1997
  • Hometown: Piura, Peru

Describe your research in laymen's terms.

We investigate the energetics for the unfolding of a variety of nucleic acid secondary structures and their interaction with other molecules, including their targeting for the control of gene expression.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?

I use a variety of experimental approaches, and I would like to think that my publications are tutorial. I also am very much involved in the mentoring of young scientists. We are currently developing rules and strategies for the successful targeting of specific genes. This is based on the use of complementary oligonucleotides and bioenergetics.

Beyond grant funding, how do you measure success?

A very important aspect of research is to publish quality original results. These publications should be well-cited, providing transformative ideas. I get very excited when students tell me that they reviewed one of my current papers at their journal clubs.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I used to surf on the beaches of Lima, Peru, during my early college years;
  • I enjoy cooking while having a glass of a good wine; and
  • I also prepare good margaritas and other exotic drinks.