The International Day of Women and Girls happens every year on February 11 since 2015 and recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. Flomics fully supports science and gender equality and currently counts with 45% women in its workforce. Today we share a little bit about our amazing 4 scientists: Esther, Jennifer, Cristina, and Sonia.
Esther has a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Leipzig in the field of RNA biology. Esther did her postdoc at Max Planck and at the Center for Genomic Regulation, accumulating almost 6 years of experience in high-throughput sequencing. She has currently been working as Senior Researcher at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology of Pompeu Fabra University since 2016. At the same time, Esther is co-founder and CSO of Flomics, where she acts as head of the company’s molecular biology laboratory. Science aside, Esther loves hiking, traveling and smoky whiskies!
Jennifer has a PhD in Molecular Biology from Université Liège (BE), with two years of experience as a postdoc at the Liquid Biopsy Center in Amsterdam. Jennifer has over a decade of experience in the field of liquid biopsies, with a central focus on RNA study and non-invasive biomarker development. In 2020, Jennifer also founded the company “Into The Dry Lab”, a platform where she works as a bioinformatics consultant and teaches in silico analysis classes to students and researchers. Jennifer is currently Scientific Lead and responsible for overseeing R&D at Flomics. Jennifer loves traveling, reading and writing as well as landscape photography.
Cristina studied Biotechnology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and a Master’s Degree in Omic Data Analysis taught by the University of Barcelona and the University of Vic. Her final degree and master’s projects, respectively, consisted of analyzing the efficiency of different alignment algorithms of RNA against genome, and the multi-platform development with a graphical interface of an automated pipeline for transfer RNA analysis. At Flomics, from the position of Junior Bioinformatician, she works on the development and maintenance of the SARS-CoV-2 analysis pipeline, and also the processing and analysis of data from different types of cancer. Cristina loves videogames, hikes in nature, her cat, and trying out new cooking recipes.
Sonia studied Biotechnology at University of Lleida including an international training at the University of Gdansk. Sonia completed her master’s degree in translational biomedical research at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Vall d’Hebron Hospital. During her master’s thesis at Vall d’Hebron Research Institute, Sonia was focused on deciphering the role of secreted factors in the regulation of tunneling nanotubes in breast cancer. Sonia joined Flomics only a couple months ago and manages the wet lab. Sonia loves outdoor sports, or everything that includes enjoying nature, traveling and she is also a coffee addict.