Inscripciones Cerradas


  • Date

    3 – 4 of March of 2016

  • Place

    Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia Tecnología e Innovación (SENACYT), City of Knowledge, Panama


Dr. Daniel McDonald (Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle)

DanielMcDonaldDr. McDonald is a bioinformatics scientist in the Price and Hood labs at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, WA, USA, and his primary interest is in the study of the human microbiome in relation to health. Daniel’s graduate work was done under the mentorship of Dr. Rob Knight and focused on the development of the American Gut Project, Quantitative Insights into Microbial Ecology (QIIME), Greengenes 16S rRNA database, and the BIOM-format.

Dr. Antonio Gonzalez Peña (University of California, San Diego)

gonzalez_penaProgrammer Analyst

UC San Diego

Dr. Naupaka Zimmerman (University of Arizona, Tucson)

Dr. Naupaka ZimmermanPhD, Biological Sciences (Ecology and Evolution track)

Stanford University, Stanford, CA. April 2013

Major advisor: Peter Vitousek
AB, Environmental Science & Public Policy and Anthropology with honors,

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. June 2005.
Thesis advisor: Sheila Jasanoff
Environmental microbial ecology, particularly in relation to plant-microbe interactions and
biogeochemistry. Foliar endophytic fungal community diversity, function, and evolution using
field studies, greenhouse manipulations, and environmental sequencing.

Dr. Kristin Saltonstall (STRI)

Dr. Kristin SaltonstallPh.D. 2002 Yale University, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
M.S. 1998 Yale University, Dept. of Biology
M.F.S. 1996 Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
B.A. 1992 Wellesley College

Dr. Luis C. Mejía (INDICASAT)


B.S. Biology (Microbiology and Parasitology), Universidad de Panama, 2002.
Ph.D. Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University, 2009.

Postdoc. Pennsylvania State University, 2009-2010.

Postdoc. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, 2010-2014.

Researcher. Institute of Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT, 2014-present)

I employ plant pathology and mycology methods, molecular techniques, and genomic tools to:

1) determine the effects of fungal endophyte colonization on their host genes and phenotypic expression.

2) identify the genetic mechanisms that differentiate the beneficial interactions of plants and some endophytes from the detrimental interactions between plants and pathogens

3) assess diversity and function of microbial (bacteria and fungi) species composing microbiomes of tropical trees. I also employ molecular phylogenetics and comparative morphology in order to: 1) infer the evolutionary history of selected groups of fungi and 2) uncover and describe new fungal taxa.