Miguel Garcia-Diaz was born in Madrid, Spain. He spent most of his childhood in Geneva (Switzerland). He received a BS in Biochemistry from the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid while also studying music. After a hand injury helped steer him away from the piano, he obtained a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, studying the mechanisms that help cells repair their DNA and prevent mutations with Prof. Luis Blanco. His interest in understanding how the molecular machines of the cell work led him to move to the US so he could work with Dr. Thomas A. Kunkel at the National Institutes of Health. After five years spent understanding how cells sometimes make mistakes when copying their genome, he joined the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook.
Since joining Stony Brook, Dr. Garcia-Diaz has focused his research on understanding how mitochondria, the energy factories of the cell, are able to use their genome to build the different structures necessary for mammalian respiration. He is also interested in how we can use our knowledge of protein structure, chemistry and biology to develop new drugs and is engaged in different drug discovery efforts. Dr. Garcia-Diaz has published over seventy peer-reviewed manuscripts and his research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. He frequently reviews manuscripts for different scientific journals and serves on grant review panels for the NIH and the NSF. He has served on numerous institutional and external committees and organized several conferences.
Besides research, Dr. Garcia-Diaz has been passionate about graduate education. He is a member of three different programs, has participated in numerous recruitment initiatives and he served for seven years as a graduate program director and as director of an NIH-funded Training Program. He is strongly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in graduate education.