Nataly Olivia Allasi Canales


Copenhagen, Denmark |  |  @allasicanales

I aim to dedicate my scientific career to improving the understanding of under-utilised plants, their sustainable use in the face of pressing issues like food security and 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.

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Lima, Perú

Postgraduate diploma in Interculturality and Amazonian Indigenous peoples

Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (UARM)

2018 - 2021
Copenhagen, Denmark

PhD in Evolutionary Genomics

University of Copenhagen, Natural History Museum of Denmark (UCPH‐NHM)

2014 - 2017
Fuzhou, People’s Republic of China

M.Sc. in Bioinformatics

Fujian Agricultural And Forestry University (FAFU)

Lima, Perú

Postgraduate diploma in Statistics applied to research

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)

2008 - 2012
Lima, Perú

B.Sc. in Genetics and Biotechnology

Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM)

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Copenhagen, Denmark

BioPhero ‐ FMC

Bioinformatician ‑ CSO: Irina Borodina Sept. 2022 - present

  • I aim to advance yeast strain design by developing workflows and analysing multi‑omic yeast data.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Globe Institute ‐ UCPH

Post‑doc ‑ PI: Christopher Barnes, Anders J. Hansen Nov. 2021‑ May 2022


  • My aim is to characterise the population make-up of Cinchona calisaya and to give metagenomic bioinformatic support for skin microbiome data of patients with atopic dermatitis.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Natural History Museum of Denmark ‑ UCPH

PhD Fellow ‑ PI: Nina Rønsted, Christopher Barnes. Co‑supervisors: Mark Nesbitt & Alexandre Antonelli April 2018 – Oct. 2021

  • This PhD project aimed to explore the potential of historical Cinchona barks from the genomic, chemical and archival perspectives to uncover the evolutionary history, chemical diversity and reconnecting split collections. 

  • Supervised a master's student thesis in the chemical analysis of Cinchona bark collections, which led to a publication. 

Fuzhou, People's Republic of China

He lab ‐ FAFU

Master Student ‐ PI: He HuaQin

  • Our main drive was to assure food security, we searched for non‐synonymous beneficial mutations in orthologous resistant genes in the Oryza genus to insert the mutations into the cultivated lines using CRISPR. My activities ranged from retrieving data from databases,
    ortholog analysis, SNP analyses to the 3‐D model of the candidate resistant genes, including molecular docking.

Lima, Perú

Biology and Molecular Genetics laboratory ‐ UNMSM

 Undergrad Thesis And Research Assistant - PI: Lenin Maturrano

  • Our main aim was to design a vaccine for alpacas to prevent pasteurellosis using the reverse vaccinology approach. We performed comparative
    genomics analyses of several strains of P. multocida, focusing on the one that infects alpaca. My activities ranged from sampling lungs from
    alpaca, bacteria isolation and characterization, and genome assembly to in silico identifying the vaccine candidates against pasteurellosis.

Lima, Perú

Molecular Biology laboratory ‐ National Health Institute

Part time intern

  • Performed diagnosis of Human Papilomavirus and several types of acute leukemia from blood and swabs samples with PCR and qPCR.

Lima, Perú

Molecular Biology laboratory ‐ UNMSM

Undergrad Intern ‑ PI: Armando Yarlequé 2010‑2012

  • The main objective was to better characterize already known enzymes and to identify new proteins of pharmaceutical interest in endemic
    Peruvian vipers’ venom. My activities ranged from helping extract the venom of snakes to enzyme isolation

Lima, Perú

Serpentary, Natural History Museum of UNMSM

Undergrad Intern

  • Nurse snakes, keep records of their state, cooperate with extracting venom. Guidewalks to general public explaining the biology of snakes and
    spiders and their venom biochemistry. Writing briefs for the living collection, highlighting important facts.