About me

I was born in Mexico city, one of the largest cities in the world at the time. It was also a dangerous city. We had the privilege to grow up in a house with a garden. This encouraged the development of a true love for nature and observation from our own garden, and also taking us to hikes at Ajusco National Park.

I went to a french high school, were I learned to express myself fluently in the french language, but also, were I truly developed critical thinking and learned mathematical tools that I used during my PhD. I am a proud National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Faculty of Sciences alumn. After college, I went on to pursue graduate studies at UNAM’s Postgraduate Program in Biological Sciences. Advised by Susana Magallón at the Biology Institute, UNAM, I studied methods to understand the species diversification process, and learned to develop and test models of speciation and extinction with Hélène Morlon at the Center for Applied Mathematics of the Polytechnique School in Paris, France. I received my Ph.D. in 2016. I then continued to a postdoc position with Brian O’Meara at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, were I learned programming skills that would make me truly independent as a researcher. I am now a postdoc with Emily Jane McTavish at the newest campus of the University of California, in Merced, CA.

My research focuses on method testing and development, with a particular interest in models of species diversification. For the past 3 years, I have invested my time on development software for open science platforms, funded by the National Science Foundation.

You can follow my current work in software development to make available scientific information on time of origin of species on GitHub. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, putting color on things, drawing designs, and spending time with family and friends – virtually!



Postdoctoral Research Scholar

University of California, MercedMcTavish LabLead Researcher: Emily Jane McTavish.

August 2019 – Present Merced, California, USA
Incorporating branch lengths to the synthetic tree of the Open Tree of Life project.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleO’Meara LabLead Researcher: Brian O’Meara.

August 2017 – August 2019 Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Datelife project.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)Support Program for Research and Technological Innovation Projects (PAPIIT)Institute of BiologyLead Researchers: Susana MagallonGerardo Salazar.

January 2017 – July 2017 Mexico city, Mexico
AHE data processing. Project: Studying the causes of megadiversity: Factors associated to macroevolutionary diversification of four Mesoamerican vegetal groups.

Introduction to R workshop main Instructor

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

January 2016 – July 2016 Mexico city, Mexico
I developed the curriculum for a series of one week workshops to introduce the R programming language to researchers and students.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

August 2014 – December 2014 Mexico city, Mexico

Course: Phylogenetic Biology for the Biological Sciences Graduate Program • Lead Professor: Susana Magallon.

Course: Systematics II for the BSc Biology Program of the Faculty of Sciences • Lead Professor: Ricardo García-Sandoval


Research Assistant

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)Support Program for Research and Technological Innovation Projects (PAPIIT)Lab of Bacterial Genomics, Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Research Division of the Faculty of MedicineLead Researchers: Valeria SouzaRosario Morales

August 2010 – July 2011 Mexico city, Mexico
Evaluation of genetic markers for the development of a microarray for the diagnosis of enteric disease in the Mexican Pacific Ocean using metagenomics.

Research assistant for a National Research System (SNI) Level III Researcher

National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)Lab of Molecular and Experimental Evolution, Department of Evolutionary Ecology, Institute of EcologyLead Researcher: Luis E. Eguiarte Fruns.

August 2009 – July 2010 Mexico City, Mexico
Horizontal transfer in diarrheagenic enteric bacteria and the evolution of pathogenesis.