I am an undergraduate student in Microbiology at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia where I’m associated to the Mycology and Plant Pathology lab led by Silvia Restrepo. I’m currently on a research internship in the Lutzoni lab from January to December 2016. The focus of my reaserch here is mainly on systematics of a section of tripartite lichens of the genus Peltigera. I’m using molecular data and a variety of phylogenetic methods to explore species boundaries of the mycobionts as well the molecular diversity of the photobionts in order to detect patterns of specificity among symbionts.
I’ve always been interested in fungal systematics and evolution and I’m having a great time with this experience and taking a lot of advantage of the knowledge and resources available in this lab.