About me

I’m a data scientist at Phylagen, a data analytics company leveraging machine learning to harness the vast, unseen world of microbiomes. Every day I get to work with large NGS datasets, combining my love for bioinformatics, big data, and biodiversity.

My background is in  evolutionary biology, with deep knowledge of bioinformatics, genomics, phylogenomics, and computational biology. I started my academic career as a molecular systematist studying plants in the high Andes and developed novel approaches to generate genomic data quickly and cost effectively. With all the data I was generating, programming became a useful tool and later one of my passions. 

When I am not analyzing data, I enjoys traveling, running, and photography. I have lived in three different continents, backpacked around the world twice visiting over 35 countries, and have had photos featured by Lonely Planet and NPR.

I received a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Idaho (2014), where I worked with Dr. David Tank on the evolution of the plant group Neobartsia and the development of novel high-throughput sequencing methods. I got my B.Sc. in Biology, specializing in botany, from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia (2008). As an undergraduate, I studied abroad (2004-2005) at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, where I worked at the Institut für Spezielle Botanik, and I was a research intern at the Harvard University Herbarium and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) (2008). Finally, I conducted postdoctoral research in bioinformatics and computational biology at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and at the University of Michigan (2015-2018).

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