I am, in a sense, like a swiss pocket knife, versatile. I can work both in a lab or as a bioinformatician, while serving as a link between disciplines. I did my undergrad in Genomic Sciences at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico. Afterwards, I completed a master’s in Plant biotechnology at Wageningen University and Research in The Netherlands and a Ph.D. in Plant Sciences at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. I joined the Aranda Lab at KAUST in January 2019 as a bioinformatician working on the genomic and transcriptomic analyses of marine species with emphasis in Cnidarian – Symbiodiniaceae symbiosis.
I am particularly interest in working on the challenges facing the growing human populations. Specifically, in the sense of sustainability and food security. I am currently working in the genomic analyses of corals and their symbionts, while also looking at the symbiosis between other Cnidarian – Symbiodiniaceae species. I see bioinformatics as a tool to identify novel interactions and generate new hypotheses that may later be tested in laboratory conditions.
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