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2020 Predoctoral Researchers


Camila Behrensen

University Argentina de la Empresa (UADE)

Camila Behrensen might have Isaac Asimov to thank for her love of science. Growing up, Asimov was her favorite author, in part because of how he was able to explain complicated concepts in ways that everyone could understand. Though her first scientific interest was astronomy, after taking biology and chemistry classes, she decided to focus on biology.

She first learned of GSSIMR while attending the 2019 Latin American Society of Developmental Biology meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, when Assistant Investigator Ariel Bazzini, Ph.D., mentioned it during his talk. After talking more with Bazzini and visiting Stowers, Behrensen decided the collaborative environment was the right fit for her. She’s also looking forward to building close relationships with her fellow predocs, a benefit of a smaller class size than other programs.

Behrensen received her B.S. in biotechnology in 2020 and spent two years studying metabolic changes in Drosophila. That research allowed her to co-author a paper published in Scientific Reports. She enjoys working with fruit flies because their abundant genetic tools make it easier to study complex questions and try to understand the basis of many biological processes.

Going forward, she hopes to continue her research on metabolism. She is particularly interested in studying the role of metabolism in development as she progresses toward her postdoc and later, leading a research group in her own lab.

When not in the lab, Behrensen is a middle-distance runner who has participated in 800 meter and 1500 meter races. A native of Buenos Aires, she is looking forward to living on her own in a different country.