Research Experience:

  • Postdoctoral Scientist, Morgan Lab

Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA

  • Guest Researcher, Edgcomb Lab, Woods Hole Oceaonographic Insisitution Woods Hole, MA, USA
  • PhD Student Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • University of Waikato, Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research, New Zealand.
  • Northwestern University, Dept. of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, IL, USA.
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, Instituto de Investigacion Biomedica, México DF, México

Laboratory techniques

Behavioural studies:

  • Setups to assess individual behavioural capacities.
  • Long duration behavioural experiments (up to 20 days)
  • BioWatch: multiple target tracking (in collaboration with Yogesh Girdhar Centre for Intelligent Machines, McGill)

DNA work:

  • Bar coding ( DNA purification, PCR and sequence analysis).
  • Gene annotation (participation in two collaborative Ant Genome projects)

RNA work:

  • cDNA library
  • Gene cloning
  • dsRNA synthesis
  • Gene expression: in situ hybridization and PCR
  • Gene expression quantification: qPCR design

Protein work :

  • immuno-histochemistry in tissue slices and whole mounts
  • electrophoresis and western blots
  • protein interaction analysis through pulldowns
  • protein expression analysis through 2D-electophoresis
  • protein overexpression and purification for crystallography


  • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) measurement of biogenic amines in single ant brains.
  • Production of developmental timeline (barrel specification in rat somatosensory cortex)
  • Histological techniques
  • Measurement of reactive oxygen species in cultured cerebellum neurons.
  • Classic bacterial genetics (conjugation, transduction, transformation).
  • Ames mutagenesis assays.

Animal collection and care:

  • Field collection of ant colonies
  • Maintenance of ant colonies in laboratory

Software and Programming Languages:

  • LaTex
  • Mathematica, R.
  • Genious
  • ImageJ
  • JWatcher


  • English
  • Spanish