Biotechnology - Bioinformatics
I'm currently a Bioinformatics Ph.D. student at Georgia Institute of Technology. I was born in Colombia where I obtained my Bachelor in Industrial Microbiology and my Masters in Biology with a minor on Microbiology and Molecular Biology.
I have always been passionate about science. My research interests include Microbial Ecology, Metagenomics, Secondary Metabolite Discovery and Bioinformatics. Currently I'm a first-year graduate student at Kostas Lab. Also, I'm interested in entrepreneurship and the idea to translate science into companies/products that can change the world.
In my Bachelor I worked with PGPR (Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria) testing strains that could induce root formation from leaf tissues in Golden Berry and Tomato.
After I graduated I worked in several projects including the role of Diguanylate cyclase-related genes in the formation of biofilms in Klebsiella pneumoniae, the ecology of proton-pumping proteins known as proteorhodopsin in freshwater Colombian ecosystems and the search for antimicrobial compounds in actinobacteria isolated from Hihg-Andean Mountain Ecosystems.
My Master's project focused on the study of bacterial communities associated with Espeletia sp. plants in High-Andean mountain ecosystems with special focus on the metabolic potential of these communities for bioprospecting purposes.
Actinomyces Secondary Metabolites
Espeletia sp. Bacterial Population