What draws you forward at MOSLA /
What gives you special motivation?
In my experience as a molecular biologist and curator in a database, I learned that information is constantly being generated and needs to be organized to make it understandable and accessible. In this sense, if the information generated increases as sequencing methods improve, storing the information will be a challenge in the years to come. These challenges motivate me to work in projects like the ones that MOSLA proposes.
Which goal do you want to achieve next?
I would like to characterize natural modifications occurring in DNA such as methylations by using the PacBio sequencing method. Achieving this is the first step to characterize other types of modifications that can be used to add different attributes to the information stored in DNA.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about biology and computing, the former because it has taught me the principles that describe life on earth, that is, that life is somehow information that is organized and seeks to be stored and inherited, and the latter is how our society communicates, stores and inherits information. That is what I am passionate about, I mean the intersection between biology and computing.
What did you always want to do?
I always wanted to learn how life operates at the cellular level, I am happy to continue learning about the central dogma of molecular biology and the possibility of using that knowledge to store information in the future. I am attracted to the idea of organizing and storing information under the principles of life just as cells do, that is, in units of information that can be transmitted, that can evolve and be preserved for thousands of years.