I obtained a medical degree and a master of science in Biochemistry from the National University of Colombia in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Later on I was awarded a scholarship to undertake a PhD in applied molecular genomics at The University of Manchester. I then spent the next four years as a Wellcome Trust International Fellow in Tropical Medicine at the University Militar "Nueva Granada", Colombia, before joining the Molecular and Parasitology Group at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Nine years later I was appointed Lecturer in Microbiology in the School of Health Sciences of Liverpool Hope University. Please see further details in my research profile.