A little bit about me
I am from Bogotá-Colombia, a city of around 10 million people. When I was a teenager, I realeazed that I love science and books like "Six Easy Pieces" from Feynman or "A Brief History of Time" from Hawking simply fascinated me. When I was 14 years old, I knew that I wanted to study Physics. I completed my major and master in Physics at the Universidad de los Andes. While I was applying for PhD positions, I worked as a lecturer at the same university. In 2010 I started my PhD at ITA at the University of Heidelberg, where I worked in the group of Prof. Cornelis P. Dullemond. From Sept. 2013 to Oct. 2016, I was a post-doctoral researcher working at Leiden Observatory, where I was part of the group of Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck. From Oct. 2016 to May 2019, I was a NASA Hubble fellow working on the topic of planet formation at Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona. I recently obtained the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, which gave me the oportunity to become a group leader at MPIA from summer 2019.
Passionate about learning to increse diversity in Astronomy. Although I never had a woman scientific role model in my early career, I always had my mother as a role of a hard-working woman. I now recognize how beneficial could be for many young scientists to have role models in their lives. In particular, for young woman from developing countries who want to pursue science for their careers. For this reason, I am passionate about inspiring and advising young scientists. I recently helped the scientific journalist Ángela Posada-Swafford to write an article about my research (in Spanish pdf). Other related articles: CNN, El Tiempo, Bepow, and El Espectador.