Associate Professor, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
Visiting Scholar of the Arnold Arboretum
PhD, The City University of New York – The New York Botanical Garden, New York
MS, The City University of New York
BS, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá
My main research interests are: Plant Evo-devo; Genetic networks controlling flower and fruit development; comparative flower development; MADS-box genes; bHLH and Homeobox transcription factors; non-model plant species; Neotropical flora. Our group has three main research lines: 1) study of the genetic bases of floral organ identity, floral symmetry and perianth curvature in neotropical flowers, particularly in the early diverging Aristolochiaceae, 2) functional evolution of gene families involved in fruit development in the Papaveraceae, Chloranthaceae, Solanaceae and Rubiaceae and 3) characterization of flower and fruit development as well as genetic changes in hemi and holoparasitic neotropical plants. I am strongly committed with the establishment of evo-devo teaching and research programs in Colombia. I am currently based at the Universidad de Antioquia in the heart of Medellin (Colombia).