Biography

Sergio is a postdoc in the Shalek lab and Sabeti lab who is interested in using single-cell genomics approaches to study neglected infectious diseases. Sergio is a Colombian native who did his bachelor’s degrees in Chemical engineering and Microbiology and Masters in Microbiology and Computational biology at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. For his master theses, he worked with Adriana Celis and Andres Gonzalez at Universidad de Los Andes and Hans DeCock at Utrecht University on comparative genomics and metabolic modeling of pathogenic fungi. In the fall of 2016, he moved to Germany and joined the team of Theodore Alexandrov at EMBL for his PhD as a Darwin Trust of Edinburgh fellow. His Ph.D. research focused on two main directions: i) the use of single-cell omics to characterize complex tissues and to understand their response to viral infection and ii) the development of new single-cell technologies. Sergio strongly believes that representation in STEM is essential to promote equality, so he is a strong advocate for mentorship to improve the opportunities of underrepresented communities and the promotion of safe and welcoming spaces for everyone to express themselves. Outside of the lab you can catch Sergio traveling, binge-watching something, or trying new restaurants and pubs.

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