What is your current role? Tell us a bit about your line of research

I am a research scientist at the Institute of Plant Pathology at the Center for Agricultural Research of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology of Argentina, INTA. I obtained my training at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina and at the University of Ajou in South Korea. At our lab, we study the interface of viruses and crops from a holobiome perspective. I am interested in the development of novel approaches to reduce losses associated with plant diseases and passionate about understanding an expanding global virosphere.

What are you excited about in science communication?

I am interested in open science practices and consider open access to scientific knowledge a Human right. I am an advocate on the use of preprints in the life sciences. I am interested in multilingual scholar communications and I have co-developed a tool dubbed PanLingua to search and provide access to automatically translated full versions of all bioRxiv preprints. I am excited about collaborative and community driven scholarly communications, non-commercially rooted and academy lead models where scientific literature is free to read and free to publish. I am interested in the asymmetries of scholar communications from a geopolitical perspective. More recently I have been involved in assessing how to improve scientific meetings and make conferences more equitable, effective and environmentally sustainable.

Why did you choose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program?

I chose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program to learn about initiatives to promote open and reproducible science and to discuss with a broad and diverse community how to improve scholarly communications. In turn, I believe this program will provide me tools to try to encourage and boost good practices in science at a regional level.   

Ask me about…

Why I think scholarly communications should be a right and not a market, and why scientific conferences should shift immediately to virtual. Also, ask me about dogs, wine from Mendoza and asados.