University of Washington, Department of Biology
I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I completed my undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), with a focus in Plant Ecology. After working for two years as a teaching assistant and pollination biologist at UBA, I came to the US to pursue graduate studies in Plant Biology at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), where I obtained my PhD working on plant sex chromosome evolution with Dr. David Mulcahy. I continued my training in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (UMass) working on pollen gene expression and the role of a floral transcription factor on cell division with Dr. Alice Cheung. I then did a second post-doc with Drs. David Baum and Elena Kramer at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, where I was introduced to the field of Evolution of Development. I joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at University of Washington in 2003, where I continue to pursue my interests in the evolution of plant development with an emphasis on flowers. I have taught at all levels, including Introductory Biology (Genetics and Evolution), and I currently teach a Plant Evolution lab class and a Plant EvoDevo Senior Seminar. I enjoy introducing undergraduate students to the scientific process, so far I have mentored 30+ students in lab research.