Hola! My name is Andrea and I am from Lima, Peru. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2013 from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Ever since I began my undergrad studies, I knew I wanted to be involved in biomedical research as our current knowledge on diseases is still not enough to defeat them.
During my second year I joined the Sexually Transmitted Disease laboratory where I participated in the establishment of a gene library of Peruvian Trichomonas vaginalis strains. Later, I joined the Malaria Laboratory where my Bachelor’s thesis research aimed to identify exposure risk factors of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax in the Peruvian Northern Coast.
In my last year, I was an intern at Vanderbilt. I joined the Page-McCaw Laboratory for 3 months and enjoyed every moment of the experience. In Dr. Page-McCaw’s Laboratory, I used the Drosophila melanogaster larval epidermis wound healing system to evaluate what happens with the apical-basal polarity proteins in the migrating cells. This experience was a good example of the kind of research I would like to pursue in the future: to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms that are involved in crucial cellular processes that may be misregulated during disease.
Also, when I was at Vanderbilt University, I experienced a thrilling scientific environment. I loved the scientific discussions that took place during the journal clubs, classes and the meetings between students. I experienced the collaborative atmosphere at Vanderbilt and learned about the opportunities they offer to international students. All these facts made me finally decide to join Vanderbilt and be part of the IGP/VISP Program.
In my spare time I like to read poetry, sing and cook without following a recipe. I also enjoy sharing time with kids and challenging their minds with questions about life, science or nature.
I am very excited about the next 5 years to come!