Data Scientist: genomics | bioinformatics | phylogenomics
I’m a data scientist at Phylagen, a startup in San Francisco committed to harnessing the unseen world of microbes to improve our daily lives. Every day I get to work with large sequencing datasets, combining my love for bioinformatics, big data, and biodiversity.
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where I grew up. Beginning my major in biology at the Universidad de los Andesin Bogotá, with a specialization in botany, I discovered the amazing world of molecular biology and learned about the phylogenetic tools available. I joined the Systematic Botany Lab where I focused my undergraduate honors thesis on the phylogeny of the Colombian species of Bartsia and Castilleja with Dr. Santiago Madriñán as my advisor and Dr. Sarah Mathews from the Harvard University Herbarium as my co-advisor. I took part in a yearlong exchange at the Johannes Gutenberg Univesität in Mainz, Germany, where I worked at the Institut fürSpezielle Botanikwith Prof. Dr. Joachim Kadereit on the phylogeny and reciprocal hybridization of Senecio flavus and S. glaucus.