When did you first find out that you wanted to be scientist?
I wanted to become a scientists since I was a small child, at around 10 years old. This idea consolidated later on during my youth, trough some readings, and then during the latter years of my degree.
Tell us something about your background and main research interests
I am an evolutionary biologists, that started working on the transition from radially symmetrical to bilaterally symmetrical animals. Then, got interested in the origin of multicellularity and the emergence of animals, which is the main question of the lab. To fully understand this, we also need to unravel the full diversity of the tree of life, thus our interest in having a better knowledge of the diversity of protists, specially those that are phylogenetically close to animals.
In plain words…what is the principal aim of your current investigation?
To understand how single-celled organisms became, at some point, multicellular organisms. We want to unravel the specific genetic mechanisms involved in this transition.