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Valeria Velasquez Zapata

Valeria Velasquez Zapata

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Wise Lab
  • Plant Pathology
I am a Fulbright student from Colombia. I have two BSc, one of them in Biology and the other in Biological Engineering. Additionally, I have an MSc in Biomedical Research. While I was an undergraduate student of biological engineering and biology, I developed skills to make mathematical models different types of systems, and I could explain life and different biological mechanisms at the most fundamental molecular level. Among biological phenomena, I am interested in cell functioning, and the interactions that allow life or disease to emerge, by the use of systems biology approaches. I am interested in the study of pathogenic organisms through the combination of mathematical modeling and experimental approaches, analyzing high-throughput data, or analyzing genomic variation, to understand what factors underlie disease emergence, host susceptibility and pathogenic mechanisms that finally lead to new therapeutic strategies.


  • B.S., Biology, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin Colombia
  • M.S., Biomedical Research, Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain
  • B.S., Biological Engr., Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellin Colombia