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.
While strengthening research in South America by exploring its amazing flora and the 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
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.
Bitter Barks ‑ The legacies and futures of the fever tree by Kim Walker & Nataly Allasi Canales.
Published in Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine. Issue 331 (Making Change). Found here. March/April 2022.