Pamela earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogota, Colombia. Soon after getting her B.S., she joined the International Training and Medical Research Center, where she participated in antimalarial drug efficacy studies (clinical and in vitro) that were instrumental in defining efficient malaria treatment policies in her home country of Colombia. She subsequently earned a Ph.D in Science with an emphasis in host-pathogen interactions at the University of São Paulo, Brazil; here, she studied mechanisms of antimalarial drug resistance and population genetics of malaria parasites, making significant contributions to the field in the process. As a postdoctoral fellow at the LJBI, her research focused on using murine models to investigate antimalarial mechanisms and development. Pamela then joined Prof. Elizabeth Winzeler's lab at UCSD as a Staff Scientist where she standardized HCI assays for antimalarial drug screening and also developed resources for antimalarial drug in vitro evaluation in the Peruvian Amazon region.
In her free time, Pamela is a movie buff, likes to explore nature, and enjoys life with her husband Donald.
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