I aim to dedicate my scientific career to improving the understanding of under-utilised plants and their sustainable use in the face of pressing issues like food security and the biodiversity crisis.
My dream is to strengthen research in South America by exploring its amazing flora and local knowledge in consultation with Indigenous communities to build local capacity towards autonomous research and better livelihoods. I will unleash the potential of Natural History Collections by applying genomic, biochemical, ecological, and ethnobotanical perspectives to conduct state-of-the-art research to realise my dream.
PUBLICATIONS AND OUTREACH
A highly contiguous, scaffold-level nuclear genome assembly for the fever tree (Cinchona pubescens Vahl) as a novel resource for Rubiaceae research
Using hybrid genomic (live generated at the Nanopore Conference 2019) and RNA-seq data, we assembled and annotated the plastid and nuclear genome of the Andean fever tree (Cinchona pubescens).
A five-story series commissioned by the Wellcome Collection. April‑May, 2022.
A book chapter in This Book is a Plant. Wellcome Collection, 2022.