I aim to dedicate my scientific career to improving the understanding of under-utilised Indigenous plants, and their sustainable use in the face of planetary dysregulation and its effects: food insecurity and biodiversity and climate crisis. Strengthening research in South America by exploring its amazing flora and local Knowledges 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.
Postgraduate diploma in Interculturality and Amazonian Indigenous peoples
Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (UARM)
2018 - 2021
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)
Postgraduate diploma in Statistics applied to research
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)
2008 - 2012
B.Sc. in Genetics and Biotechnology
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM)
Copenhagen, Denmark - London, UK
Natural History Museum of Denmark UCPH - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Villum Postdoc Fellow - Mentors: Rafał Gutaker & Natasha de Vere
Bitter potatoes! My project aims to clarify the genetic origin, explore biochemical diversity, and estimate ecological models of bitter potatoes: chuño, tunta and moraya. To diversify food systems that are under threat due to the climate and biodiversity crisis to ensure food for the most vulnerable populations.
Supervised a master's student thesis on the population genetic structures of Tillandsia in Peruvian lomas.
BioPhero ‐ FMC
Bioinformatician ‑ CSO: Irina Borodina
I aim to advance yeast strain design by developing workflows and analysing multi‑omic yeast data.
Globe Institute ‐ UCPH
Postdoc ‑ PI: Christopher Barnes, Anders J. Hansen
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.
Natural History Museum of Denmark ‑ UCPH
MSCA PhD Fellow ‑ PI: Nina Rønsted, Christopher Barnes. Co‑supervisors: Mark Nesbitt & Alexandre Antonelli
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
CSC 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.
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.
Molecular Biology laboratory ‐ National Health Institute
Performed diagnosis of Human Papillomavirus and several types of acute leukemia from blood and swabs samples with PCR and qPCR.
Molecular Biology laboratory ‐ UNMSM
Undergrad Intern ‑ PI: Armando Yarlequé
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.
Serpentary, Natural History Museum of UNMSM
Nurse snakes, keep records of their state, and cooperate with extracting venom. Guide walks to the general public explaining the biology of snakes and spiders and their venom biochemistry. Writing briefs for the living collection, highlighting important facts.