Juliana, a native of Medellin, Colombia, moved to the United States in 2006. In 2011, she earned a B.S. in biotechnology from Kean University in New Jersey. As a 2009 Ronald E. McNair scholar, Juliana worked with Eric Boehm on sequencing DNA to resolve phylogenic relationships between species in the genus of the mytilinidion fungus. In 2010, she studied the intestinal calcium transport mediated by Vitamin D with Angela Porta. During her time as a research assistant (RA) in the Porta laboratory, she was funded by a National Institute of Health (NIH) Research Supplements for Underrepresented Minorities grant. As a Bridge to the Ph.D. scholar at Columbia University, Juliana worked in Nicholas Turro’s photochemistry laboratory. Under the mentoring of Amy Scott she investigated the singlet fission properties of pentacene nanoparticles to improve the efficiency of organic photovoltaics (OPV). Currently Juliana works in Dr. Halámek’s lab at SUNY-Albany while pursuing her Ph.D. in chemistry.
Fun Fact: Juliana is a huge Colombian soccer fan