09/2014 – 10/2020

PhD in Science & Technology Studies (STS)

York University (Toronto, Canada)

Supervisor: Denielle Elliott (York University)

Examining Committee: Deborah Neill, Eric Mykhalovskiy, Carlota McAllister (York University), and Alex Nading (Brown University)

09 - 12/2019

Research Fellow

Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS)

Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)

Supervisor: Sheila Jasanoff


09/2013 – 10/2014

MA in Science & Technology Studies (STS)

York University (Toronto, Canada)

Major research paper: "Cutaneous leishmaniasis and the Colombian armed conflict: other shades of violence"

Supervisor: Eric Mykhalovskiy (York University)


03 – 07/2011

Graduate Diploma in Science, Medical and Environmental Communication

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and Instituto Leloir (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


10/2006 – 09/2009

MSc in Biotechnology

École Supérieure de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg, Université de Strasbourg (Strasbourg, France)

Thesis: Berberine pharmacognosy in pancreatic normal and cancer cells

Supervisor: Jörg Hoheisel (German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany)


01/2002 – 09/2006          

BSc in Biology

Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia)

Two semesters (08/2004 – 07/2005) at the Universität Justus-Liebig (Gießen, Germany) as exchange student

Thesis: Phytoremediation: an emerging technology for decontamination

Supervisor: Jenny Dussán (Universidad de los Andes)

Other Training

09/17 – 09/20/2018        
Participatory Action Research for Health – Train the trainer modality

CIDEIM (Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas, Cali, Colombia)

Organized by the Center for Participatory Research at the University of New Mexico, AMOS Health & Hope, ICESI University, CIDEIM, and TDR (World Health Organization’s especial program on tropical diseases)


05 – 07/04/2017

Workshop on Social Innovation in Health

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (London, England), organized by the Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) of the TDR (World Health Organization’s especial program on tropical diseases) and the Bertha Centre


05/31/ – 06/04/2016
Community-Based Participatory Research for Health:  Indigenous and Critical Methodologies 

Center for Participatory Research, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, USA)


07/2015 – Present
Graduate Diploma in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, York University (Toronto, Canada)


Creative Writing Workshop

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)


08/2004 – 07/2005          

Studies in biology as exchange student

Universität Justus-Liebig (Gießen, Germany)

Work Experience

01/2018 – Present

Contributing Editor

Curation of posts by anthropology of science and technology scholars contributing to Platypus, the blog of CASTAC (Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing within the American Anthropological Association).


12/2016 – 05/2017

Qualitative Research Advisor

Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas – CIDEIM (Cali, Colombia)

Advisor of the qualitative portion of the project “Mobile Health (mHealth) for early diagnosis and effective treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis", funded by the NIH (US National Institutes of Health).

Advice and support in the preparation and conduction of interviews, focus groups, data analysis and article writing.


09/2015 – 04/2016          

Teaching Assistant

TA for the undergraduate course “Technology and Civilization”, taught by Professor Vera Pavri at York University (Toronto, Canada)


09/2014 – 08/2015          

Graduate Assistant

Institute for Science & Technology Studies (iSTS), York Univesity (Toronto, Canada), under the supervision of Natasha Myers

Co-organization of the STS Seminar Series 2014-2015, the Technoscience Salon 2014-2015, and initiatives of the Politics of Evidence Working Group.


11/2013 – Present

Writer and Contributor

Blog “Headlines under the Microscpe”, published by Cerosetenta, a digital magazine from Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia)

Writing of opinion and science popularization articles that provide a critical view on technoscientific matters relevant to the Colombian context.


09/2013 – 04/2014          

Graduate Assistant

Institute for Science & Technology Studies (iSTS), York Univesity (Toronto, Canada), under the supervision of Bernard Lightman

Liason between the iSTS and Situating Science, the cluster for social studies of science in Canada; support in the preparation of a research grant proposal; support in the preparation of the edited volume entitled Victorian Scientific Naturalism; part of the book review team of Isis, the most important journal in the field of science history.


02 – 07/2013                     

Researcher and writer

Technological translation program, Corporación para la Investigación Socioeconómica y Tecnológica de Colombia – CINSET (Bogota, Colombia)

Writing of a periodical issued by CINSET to inform small and medium entrepreneurs on scientific topics.              


09/2011 – 07/2013          

Scientific Manager

Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas – CIDEIM (Cali, Colombia)

 Preparation of proposals on biomedical research, training, and institutional strengthening to obtain funding from national and international agencies (US National Institute of Health, Colciencias, Innpulsa); identification of new opportunities for research and training; establishment of collaborative networks; external communication; organization of the international symposium “Colombia on the Frontier of Biomedicine”; content development for a website highlighting CIDEIM’s contributions in its 50th anniversary.


04/2010 – 07/2011          

Researcher for Exhibition Content

Maloka Science Center (Bogota, Colombia)

Production of contents for interactive exhibits on neurology, paleontology, climate change, biodiversity, food security and indigenous medicine.


10/2009 – 03/2010          


Deutsches Museum, science museum of science and technology (Munich, Germany)

Design, organization and implementation of scientific exhibitions on biotechnology, nanotechnology, and nineteenth century pharmaceutics.


01 – 08/2009                     

Intern (Master Student)

German Cancer Research Center – DKFZ (Heidelberg, Germany)

Research on the pharmacognosy of berberine –a natural product isolated from traditional Chinese medicine plants– for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.


07 – 08/2008                     


Novartis Vaccines Institute for Global Health – NVGH (Siena, Italy)  

Participation in the development of a vaccine against Salmonella typhi, by optimizing the growth conditions for two strains of Citrobacter freundii for the production of Vi polysaccharide.


06 – 07/2007                     


Pasteur Institute (Paris, France)

Research on the interaction between IKKε and PLK1, two proteins associated to the interferon activation pathway triggered by hepatitis C virus infection.

  • Spanish (Native speaker)

  • English (Fluent)

  • German (Intermediate high)

  • French (Intermediate high)

Awards and Scholarships
  • 2020
    Winner of the 2020 Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology & Society (University of South Carolina) Book Manuscript Workshop

  • 2020
    Grant to establish collaborations with academics within the EcoSocieties Interdisciplinary Research Cluster at the University of Nottingham

  • 2019
    Travel grant for the 2019 4S Annual Meeting (USA)

  • 09/2018 – 08/2019
    Provost Dissertation Scholarship at York University (Toronto, Canada) for the fifth year of doctoral study.
  • 07/2018
    Graduate Development Fund from York University (Toronto, Canada) to present PhD research at the 4S conference in Sydney, Australia.

  • 06/2017
    Fieldwork Cost Fund from York Univeristy to conduct fieldwork 

  • 02/2017
    Manulife Graduate Scholarship to conduct PhD research. 

  • 01/2015 – 12/2018           
    Scholarship from the Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation, COLCIENCIAS, for PhD studies in STS at York University.

  •  11/2011                              
    First place winner of the Medical Biotechnology Journalism Contest, organized by Roche Pharmaceuticals and the Biotechnology Institute of the National University of Colombia, for the article entitled “Biological drugs: the goose that lays the golden eggs”. It was published by El Espectador, the Colombian newspaper with the second largest readership, on September 7, 2011.

  •  03/ – 07/2011                   
    Scholarship from Universitat Pompeu Fabra for studies in Science, Medical and Environmental Communication.

  •  04/2007 - 09/2009           
    Konrad Adenauer Foundation Scholarship for studies in Biotechnology at the École Supérieure de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg.

  •  08/2004 - 07/2005           
    Scholarship from Universität Justus-Liebig in Gießen, Germany, for studies in biology as exchange student.

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