After spending 25 years with Cenicafé, Marco Aurelio Cristancho Ardila accepted the role of scientific director for the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Colombia (BIOS).
“It is an exciting new engagement to try to foster science in Colombia,” said Cristancho. "In BIOS, I will work with interdisciplinary groups in the areas of health, agriculture, biodiversity, the environment, this is a huge opportunity because we have to make alliances with researchers from many sectors."
He pursued educational opportunities by earning a doctorate of philosophy in Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Manchester. He also did post-doctoral work in molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics at Cornell University.
Cristancho intends to continue to work on coffee issues though the scope of his new role is broader. The computational tools being deployed at BIOS will play a role in answering some of the more challenging questions still being asked in coffee research.
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