BSc, MSc, PhD
Mariana graduated in Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. She holds a MSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) in The Netherlands. She received a PhD in virology from the RUG for the study of the innate immune response to dengue and chikungunya virus (co)-infections. After moving to Australia, she worked as a research assistant for NSW Health and UNSW performing whole genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2. In 2021, Mariana joined the Kirby Institute to investigate the pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2. She has experience working with viruses in a Biosafety level 3 lab, TIRF microscopy and next-generation sequencing.
2016 Jan Kornelis de Cock Foundation Grant
2010 Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT) Scholarship
2010 Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation (MPDI) Scholarship