I obtained my bachelor’s and professional degrees in biology from San Agustin University (Arequipa, Peru). I took classes specializing in marine biology, ecology, and genetics, during which I performed extensive lab and field work. After I finished college at San Agustin University, I did my internship and my undergraduate thesis at the Molecular Biology Laboratory of the Nutritional Research Institute & Applied Science University, Lima, Peru under the supervision of Dr. Juana Mendoza del Valle. My thesis paper (Identification of Human Papillomavirus as a prevention strategy for cervical cancer in asymptomatic women in the Peruvian Andes) was published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine.
I continued my education in the master’s program of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Troy University, Alabama. In addition to my thesis (Effects of oil dispersant on benzene biodegradation in two continental shelf sediments of the Gulf of Mexico), I collaborated on a project with my major professor Dr. Kewei Yu which was presented at the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference.
I first volunteered, worked, and finally become a GRA at Dr. Eric Hallerman’s lab. At the Hallerman lab, I first worked on a project examining the social and genetic aspects of network dynamics in populations of northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) in a collaborative with Dr. Alex Silvis and Professor Mark Ford.
In addition, I collaborated on a project to identify the evolutionary and geographical relationship among mussel species belonging to the genus Castalia in Central South America.
My current research is focused on Population Genetic Analysis of “Look-Alike” Freshwater Mussel Species Belonging to the Genera Fusconaia and Pleurobema in the Green River, Kentucky.