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Oscar Pineda-Catalan, Ph.D.

Urban Barcode Manager

I was born in Mexico City where I did my undergraduate studies in Biomedical Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. During my last year of college I started teaching Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology courses at "Logos" High School. I taught in this wonderful school for seven years and I can definitely say that my experience working there was highly enriching. As a result, I decided to pursue a professional career where I could combine scientific research with teaching activities. While I was teaching and immediately after finishing college I studied a Masters program in Urban Environmental Studies at "El Colegio de Mexico." This gave me the opportunity to explore social aspects related to environmental sciences, such as economy, geography, public policy studies, and demography. I then worked for three years in Mexico, I looked for a PhD program where I could combine my expertise in biological and social sciences in a conservation effort for protecting endangered species. Fortunately I found the right curricula and faculty in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at Columbia University that supported the kind of research I wanted to develop. I thus met Dr. George Amato, the Director of the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), who invited me to join his research team. During my tenure at the museum, first as a graduate student and then as a postdoctoral fellow, I mentored and taught high school students participating in the Science Mentor Research Program, a National Science Foundation and AMNH initiative to promote science learning in New York City.

For me, working at the DNA Learning Center as the Urban Barcode Manager is a unique opportunity. Through this project I will be able to combine my expertise in scientific research and teaching to develop multidisciplinary projects related to environmental sciences and conservation biology. I will also be recruiting promising and talented teachers, scientists, and students who want to participate in DNA barcoding projects in New York City. I can combine science research, outreach, and teaching activities in this outstanding project.

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