I am originally from Colombia, a mom of two beautiful kids that enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, biking but mostly playing soccer. Professionally, I am a Research Associate in the Neuroscience Department at Carleton University, working on understanding the Atomic & Molecular mechanisms that underlie psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders.
My passion & motivation for scientific research stems from my deeply rooted belief that science is a motor for a societal change based on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This passion and my strong commitment to empowering and support women through experience and knowledge exchange motivated me to take part in the IWS-Network in Canada & found the STEM education for kids “STEM sin Fronteras” initiative to promote of STEM education in elementary/middle school rural areas of Colombia and Latin America.
As a research scientist, I got my PhD in Chemistry/Biology/Health at the University of Toulouse (France). I then worked as a research associate in several university laboratories across Europe. Evolving in a world of discoveries and innovations, I am a curious and creative individual, passionate about sciences, and love to exchange knowledge and ideas. Specialized in applied science, I support technology transfer and strongly believe in the benefits of cooperation and partnerships between the private sector and research communities. Presently, I am an administrator of the France-Canada Innovation Platform at the University of Ottawa, where I am promoting and helping companies in the development of new international scientific collaborations.
I completed a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from UBC, contributing to a better understanding of the immunopathology of Sepsis. My PhD work laid the research grounds for the creation of Sepset Biosciences Inc, a spin-off biotech company developing a first-in-class diagnostic assay for the early and rapid diagnosis of sepsis. I am currently a Canadian Science Policy Fellow at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, co-managing an International network aiming to expand government capabilities to prevent, detect and respond to priority containment level 3 and 4 pathogens.I am regularly involved in a variety of local and international capacity building initiatives. Through these involvements, I connect my passion for science and the impact it can have in society, applying effective science communication, promoting international cooperation and developing knowledge translation and patient engagement activities. Moreover, based on my own challenges and experiences as an Immigrant and Woman in Science (IWS), I am fully committed to building a collaborative environment that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion, and empower other IWS across Canada. I am also a happy mom of a 7-year-old boy and I enjoy home gardening and cooking international cuisine recipes while dancing salsa with my family.