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I’m a biologist with an M.Sc. in infectious diseases from the National University of Colombia. At the BSc stage, I extracted and quantified antibodies from chicken egg yolk against Leishmania infantum to propose an optimal antigen inoculation scheme for antibody production. Later in my MSc, I focus on the molecular biology of leishmaniasis, quantifying the dynamic expression and subcellular localization of Metallothionein 2 in U937-macrophages infected by Leishmania braziliensis. After my MSc, I participated in an antimalarial drug-screening project at the University of Antioquia. By 2017, I joined KAUST as a Ph.D. student at the Laboratory for Nanomedicine where I conducted tissue engineering and material science research. Finally, I joined the STEMD lab in 2019 to work with hPSC-derived cardiac and pancreatic cells as in vitro models of tissue maturation and metabolic disorders.
My main project in the STEMD lab in collaboration with the organic bioelectronic lab (BIOEL) focuses on the electrical stimulation of hiPSC-derived electroactive cells to change the fetal-like phenotype to an adult-like. We aim to trigger cell maturation by training cardiac and pancreatic cells with electrical stimulation. As a parallel project, I use a Saudi GLP1R-/-- hiPSC to understand how the loss of function of GLP1R confers a metabolic protective background that prevents the onset of hyperglycemia and cardiac dysfunction observed in GLP1R-/- mice models.
2019-Present: Ph.D. student, Laboratory of Stem Cells and Diseases, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
2017-2019: Ph.D. student, Laboratory for nanomedicine, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia2015-2016: Research assistant, Malaria Group, University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)
KAUST Environmental Epigenetics Program (KEEP)