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Dr. Carolina Cornejo - Persönliche Homepage
Since 2001 at WSL, first as scientific staff member, and since 2005 as technical staff member at the molecular lab of the Research Unit Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
– Responsible for supporting and supervising students and scientific guests at the Research Group Phytopathology
– Responsible for method development (culturing of microorganisms, pcr, sequencing, microsatellite, NGS etc.)
2007–2013 PhD at the University of Bern, Institute of Plant Science, and at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
1996–1998 Postgraduate Study in Environmental Sciences at the University of Zurich, Institute of Environmental Sciences
1988–1993 Study in plant cytology at the University of Zurich, Institute of Plant Sciences (Diploma in Biology)
As scientist, I am interested in organisms living in close association
with other organisms, i.e. from pathogenic to mutualistic associations. During
my academic formation, I have focused on lichens, mutualistic symbioses between
fungi and algae or cyanobacteria. First, during my Master thesis, I applied
light and electron microscopic techniques to study the structural interface
between fungus and alga. Later, I replaced the microscope by molecular
techniques, and I examined during my PhD the character evolution and species delimitation
within a lichen genus (Lobaria). At present, I focus on pathogenic interactions between plants and microbes, insects or nematodes.
In my occupation as technical staff member, I am interested in developing and optimizing methods. I am a creative mind in molecular lab, without reservations of the organism or the scientific question. I also have a lot of fun working with people from different scientific backgrounds and cultures. Hence, I teach each year several people in molecular techniques, adapted to their specific projects.
At home, I am mother of a wonderful teenager that has just started his formation as Interactive Media Designer. I love to travel in Latin America and to hike in mountains around the world. And, I am a bookworm and read from thrillers over novels to scientific books, in German or Spanish, rarely in English.