09/2014 – Present
PhD in Science & Technology Studies (STS)
York University (Toronto, Canada)
Supervisor: Denielle Elliott (York University)
Supervisory Committee: Deborah Neill and Eric Mykhalovskiy (York University)
09 - 12/2019
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)
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)
Spanish (Native speaker)
German (Intermediate high)
French (Intermediate high)
Awards and Scholarships
09/2018 – 08/2019
Provost Dissertation Scholarship at York University (Toronto, Canada) for the fifth year of doctoral study.
Graduate Development Fund from York University (Toronto, Canada) to present PhD research at the 4S conference in Sydney, Australia.
Fieldwork Cost Fund from York Univeristy to conduct fieldwork
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.
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.
01/2018 – Present
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
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
TA for the undergraduate course “Technology and Civilization”, taught by Professor Vera Pavri at York University (Toronto, Canada)
09/2014 – 08/2015
Institute for Science & Technology Studies (iSTS), York Univesity (Toronto, Canada), under the supervision of Natasha Myers
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
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
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.