He’s already played his part in Swansea football history, and now he’s making his mark in the world of medicine and genetics.
Former Swansea City star Guillermo Bauza graduated with a First Class Degree in medical genetics from Swansea University’s Medical School at a ceremony held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall today (Monday 20 July) where he was accompanied by his partner and his parents.
Guillermo – known to Swans fans as Bussy - is from Palma in Mallorca and first came to Swansea in 2007 when he was signed for Swansea City FC by then manager Roberto Martinez, along with defender Angel Rangel.
He played a crucial role in Swansea City’s incredible rise to the football elite. It was Guillermo’s two goals against Gillingham on 12 April 2008 that secured promotion for Swansea City to the Championship, on their way to the Premier League.
Guillermo Bauza said: "I was really happy to hear I got a first-class degree! I knew I had done well at the end of the second year, and was on a good run, but I was still nervous before the marks came out!"
Medical genetics is making an enormous impact in the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Knowledge obtained from sequencing the human genome is allowing researchers to understand the many diseases that have genetic components.
Guillermo, who is hoping to continue his research in the field, at Swansea if possible, explained what drew him to the subject: "I was interested in scientific research, and I saw that it’s becoming more and more important to learn about the molecular and genetic basis of diseases. Everyone at Swansea University has been really supportive during my studies. I’d particularly like to thank Dr Hugh Jones, our programme leader, Dr Ricardo Del Sol, my personal tutor, and everyone in medical genetics."
Guillermo still plays football alongside his studies, and plays for Merthyr Town in the Welsh League. As the new season approaches, Guillermo was optimistic about the Swans’ prospects:
It’s amazing to see the Swans’ progress, growing every year. They’re ambitious and they have a great manager in Garry Monk. They’ve got stability off the field too, and over time that’s been really important as a foundation for their success
Guillermo was also the subject of an episode of “Cracks Pel Mon” (Heroes of the World), a series on Spanish TV which features famous Spaniards living overseas, and which showed him at work in Swansea University.
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