Luisa Fernanda Prada is originally from Ibagué, Colombia. She did her bachelor’s degree in biology and her master’s in biochemistry at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. During her master’s, she began to work in the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway using the eukaryotic parasite, Giardia intestinalis, as a model system.
Later, she came to U.S. with a Fulbright-Colciencias scholarship. Currently, she is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department. She joined Dr. Robert Cohen’s group, where her research has been focused on the study of ubiquitin homeostasis and the development of techniques to measure free ubiquitin inside cells using fluorescence microscopy.
Being at CSU has been a great opportunity for her to learn and interact in a multicultural environment with a focus on people in different topics of research.