Ana Catalina Lara R.

Ana Catalina Lara R.

Molecular biologist and bioinformatics
Roey Angel Group

ORCID: 0000-0003-4662-2596

Soil & Water Research Infrastructure

  • Biology Centre CAS
  • Na Sádkách 7, 370 05 České Budějovice
  • Czech Republic

I am a post-doctoral researcher working on the molecular biology of anaerobic bacteria and archaea in biogeochemical C cycling in aerated soils.

I really like to solve problems. My research experience revolves around biodegradation of crude oil by Pseudomonas aeruginosa and use of bioinformatics tools to compare genetic and transcriptome information. However, during my research, I have dive in to different subjects, like shrimp production, veterinarian diagnostics and viral phylogenetic studies. I like to learn, so I am usually looking for what else I can do or how else I can approach a research problem. I am not afraid venturing in to unknown subjects and enjoy a challenge when presented with one.

Education and Academic Positions

  • 2018 PhD in Biological Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2016 MSc in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Department of Biological Sciences, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2011 Visiting Scholar Michigan State University, Reguera’s Lab, Lansing, Michigan, USA
  • 2007 BSc in Biology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia

Research Interests

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Crude oil biodegradation.
  • Bioinformatics


  • Consultant services on phylogenomic analysis of influenza viruses
  • Contractual work on veterinarian diagnostic of swine fever viruses and diferential diseases
  • Standardizations and protocol development of a fluorescent microscopy techniques during shrimp hatchery and shrimp production
  • One on one tutoring of bioinfomatics for students with vision inpairments
  • Scientific support to biology and microbiology bachelor’s and master’s students developing their graduation projects or thesis

Scientific Activities

Thomas Hahn, Hidayat Ur Rahman, Richard Segall, Christoph Heim, Raphaela Brunson, Ankush Sharma, Maryam Aslam, Ana C. Lara-Rodriguez, Md. Sahidul Islam, Neha Gupta, Charles S. Embry, Patrick Grossmann, Shahrukh Babar, Gregory A. Skibinski, Fusheng Tang. 2016. Remote Access Programs to Better Integrate Individuals with Disabilities. In Proceedings of the 18th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & Accessibility (ASSETS ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 245-250. DOI=

C. Lara, Gemma Reguera, Diego Mauricio Riaño-Pachón, Martha J. Vives-Florez: “Genomic differences between two crude oil degrading strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa”. 5th International Symposium on Biosorption and Bioremediation, Prague; 06/2012

C. Lara, Gemma Reguera, Martha J. Vives-Florez: “Modificaciones en morfología de colonia de Pseudomonas aeruginosa cultivada en presencia de petróleo crudo”. Congreso Iberoamericano de Biotecnología y Biodiversidad, Manizales; 09/2011

Y. Fierro Toscano, E. Rudas Burgos, C. Lara, M. A. Pinzón, J. Sánchez, MsC “Characterization of Microorganisms Associated to Leave Decomposing Consumed by Tremarctos ornatus (Ursidae) and its possible Data relation” Acta. Biol. Colomb, Vol 12 S, 2007.

R. Viveros, C. Lara, M. Hoyos, M. Murcia “The tracks of the Megaterium. Anatomical comparision between Eremotherium rusconii and Bradypus variegatus” Acta biologica Colombiana, Vol 9 No. 1, 2004.


2014 – 2016 Graduate assistantship from the Biological Science Department, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

2014 January – December, Research Grant 5000 USD from the Biological Science Department, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

2011 – 2013 PhD Scholarship from “COLCIENCIAS”

October 2010 – April 2011 International research grant 7200 USD from Rectoria de Investigaciones. Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

2009 – 2010: Graduate assistantship from the Biological Science Department. Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia


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