since Nov 2020
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
UTHealth Houston’s McGovern Medical School

since 2014
Young Investigator / Group Leader
Research Center for Infectious Diseases, ZINF/IZKF group
Topic: Mammalian host colonization by the commensal and pathogenic yeast Candida albicans

Jan 2009 – Nov 2013
Postdoctoral Scholar
University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
Topic: Regulatory circuits governing Candida proliferation in mammals
Advisor: Alexander D. Johnson

Aug 2008 – Nov 2008
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA
Advisor: Eduardo A. Groisman

Aug 2003 – July 2008
PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genomics
Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA
Thesis: Evolution of gene regulation in enteric bacteria
Advisor: Eduardo A. Groisman

July 2001 – May 2003
MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology
Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA
Thesis: Regulation of amino acid transporters in liver cancer cells
Advisor: Barrie P. Bode

Sep 1995 – June 2000
BSc in Biology
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador