Hi!! My name is Oscar Ortega. I majored in physics at University of los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, where I did research on evolutionary game theory trying to understand the origin of cooperative behaviors in humans and cells.
In 2013, I went to Vanderbilt University as a summer research intern through the VISRA program and I worked with Professor Carlos Lopez on developing tools to analyze model dynamics based on tropical algebra. During my summer internship at Vanderbilt University I realized that it has a unique variety of research facilities and quality of its faculties. Additionally, Vanderbilt, has a wonderful cooperative environment, that allows different laboratories to generate multidisciplinary projects, with people from all around the world, and it is possible to share experience and skills to improve the understanding of diseases.
My great experience with VISRA during the summer at Vanderbilt led me to apply to the Quantitative and Chemical Biology program there, and I believe it is one of the best decisions I have made. I got accepted in 2014 and I ended up joining Dr. Lopez Lab, where I kept doing research on the development of tools to analyze model dynamics and recently started working on the interface between PySB (Python framework for Systems Biology) and PyURDME (Python Unstructured Reaction-Diffusion Master Equations) to develop spatial stochastic simulations of complex models.
Besides doing science I like doing martial arts and hiking. Nashville is a enjoyable city, where people are very kind and friendly, also there are many different and excellent activities to do here.