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Dr Patricia Sanchez-Baracaldo

Biography

I did my Biology degree at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia. I obtained my PhD from the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. This programme gave me a strong foundation in phylogenetics and evolutionary theory as well as molecular techniques for testing evolutionary hypotheses. I developed my own research project on a recent radiation of high Andean ferns. I addressed innovative theoretical issues in evolutionary biology such as adaptive radiation, convergent evolution, biogeography and heterochrony. I obtained the following awards to fund my PhD research: National Science Foundation - Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant; Vice Chancellor for Research Fund Award; and several others smaller grants from other sources.  At Berkeley, I also worked on the phylogenetic relationships of KNOX transcription factors with Prof Sarah Hake.

I held two post-doctoral positions at Bristol University on molecular ecology (2001-2007). The first one aimed to follow natural populations of phytoplankton in freshwater lakes using phylogenetic analyses and quantitative PCR. The second one aimed to unravel genes related to toxin expression in Planktothrix, byapplying molecular techniques and sequencing and annotating its genome.  I have worked on non-academic flexible jobs to look after my very young family (2010-11) as a graduate school developer in the School of Biological Sciences at Bristol University and Research Theme Facilitator for the Predictive Life Sciences at Bristol University. 

In June 2011, I returned back to science with a Daphne Jackson Fellowship shared between the Schools of Biological and Geographical Sciences.  In January 2012, I started a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship.