Microorganisms are the most abundant life forms on the planet. They are able to colonize and thrive in most environments ranging from the human body to under water thermal vents. In the Castro Lab, we are interested in understanding the causes and consequences of microbial genetic diversity, and how we can apply this knowledge to gain insights into pathogen diagnostics and discovery, microbial distribution and epidemiology, and novel adaptations. For this, we use molecular and computational biology tools such as high-throughput sequencing, recombinant DNA technology, Bayesian statistics and phylogenetics, transcriptomics and metagenomics.
PhD in Biological Sciences, 2015
The George Washington University
BSc in Biochemistry, 2007
Universidad de Santiago de Chile