Previous Institution: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Universidad El Bosque
I was born in Bogota, the capital city of Colombia. Colombia is located in the northwestcorner of South America, surrounded by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and by the countries Panamá, Venezuela, Brasil, Perú and Ecuador. Colombia is a tropical country, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, famous by its excellent coffee and its unique and beautiful emeralds; and I have lived there my entire life.I did my Biology undergraduate studies at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. After graduation, I enrolled at Universidad El Bosque to pursue a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, at Instituto de Virologia lab. Under Dr. Jaime E. Castellanos supervision I worked in a research project regarding the study of Interferon-β innate immune response against Herpes simplex virus type 1 in trigeminal sensory neurons. In this lab I acquired experience in primary and cell line cultures, virus isolation and quantitation, RT-qPCR, western blot, immunocytochemistry and immunofluorescence microscopy. Two scientific papers have been published with the results of this project. My research interests include cell biology, signal transduction, cancer biology, apoptosis, gene expression, cell differentiation, among others. About me, I enjoy dancing, practicing yoga, cooking, hanging out with friends, visiting art museums and I almost never say no to a nice cup of coffee. I look forward to learn many things in Columbia, make new friends, and explore New York City.