Wednesday, April 14, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm US Eastern Time
Session Co-Chairs: Ana Francis Carballo Arce, PhD, National University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica and Thomas Gude, PhD, Swiss Quality Testing Services (SQTS), Switzerland
Ana Francis Carballo Arce holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa, Canada, with a dual doctorate in the areas of natural product chemistry and medicinal chemistry. In recent years, she has carried out research on the characterization of lignocellulosic waste from the Costa Rican agribusiness for its use in obtaining high value-added products through bioprocesses. In addition, she carries out research projects aimed at the isolation and characterization of active principles from plants that can be used for the development of phytopharmaceuticals or as controllers of pests of agro-industrial interest. Ana teaches research skills at the high school and university levels, developing mediation strategies that allow the development of 21st century skills in present and future generations.
Ana is presently an academic in the School of Chemistry at the National University of Costa Rica where she teaches courses on the isolation and characterization of secondary metabolites, as well as courses developing the skills necessary for writing and executing research projects in the field. She is also the coordinator of the Biorefinery Research Laboratory in the School of Chemistry at the National University of Costa Rica.