Lina is a PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Biology Department at Edge Hill University.
In 2015, Lina gained her undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship at Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and in 2016 her degree in Microbiology from the same university. As an undergraduate, she completed an exchange semester in France, a placement at a biotechnology company in Bogotá and an internship in Ahner’s Lab at Cornell University (U.S.).
She joined Edge Hill University in 2017 as a Sponsored Researcher in a 18-month project funded by the British Council and the Newton Fund. Her work at Edge Hill as a sponsored researcher focused on novel antimicrobial compounds from actinomycetes isolated from an unexplored and unique environment in Colombia. Now, as a PhD student since January 2019, her project will continue to explore the metabolome of these bacteria by integrating metabolic and genomic data for more hints on novel antimicrobial compounds. This will be complemented by the study of approaches to induce and upregulate the biosynthesis of these compounds.