Adriana is a research scientist passionate about genomics and its applications in health and forestry. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Colombia, and received a Master of Science, Technology and Public Policy from the University of Winnipeg. After surviving three winters in Manitoba, she came to UBC and is currently a PhD candidate in Botany. For her project, she is using whole genomes – all the DNA – of trees to understand how they adapt and survive in different environments. Last summer she was a visiting researcher at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), where she implemented bioinformatics tools initially developed for human data. She is also the co-founder and coordinator for an outreach program (MEED) that showcases UBC research across the Lower Mainland, and the coordinator for a professional development program (BIOTAP).
This summer, with the support of genomics.entrepreneurship@UBC, she will be joining GenXys, a startup working in pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine.