Zayra Viviana Garavito, PhD.

zayra_garavitoZayra Viviana Garavito Aguilar, PhD.
Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas.
Facultad de Ciencias
Universidad de los Andes

Zayra Viviana Garavito-Aguilar was graduated in Biology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 1996. She was awarded by COLCIENCIAS with the Young Scientist fellowship in 1998. She received her Master degree and her Doctoral degree in Cellular Biology with emphasis in Developmental Genetics from the New York University on 2008 and 2010 respectively. Her research work was done under the supervision of Professor Deborah Yelon and was supported by a 2 year American Heart Association pre-doctoral fellowship given on 2008. This research work concludes with her thesis dissertation entitled “The role of Hand2 during cardiac fusion: Importance of the environment for heart morphogenesis”. Afterwards, she became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Diego in 2010. There, she started her research in kidney development with which she continues back in Colombia in 2011. She became Assistant Professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia in 2013 where she pursue her research interest in three main topics: 1) Specification, morphogenesis and organogenesis in vertebrates 2) Uses of the zebrafish to support the diagnosis and design of disease treatments 3) Evaluation of the biological activity of natural compounds using zebrafish..


Role of Tissue Interactions and Signals During Early Kidney Development