Katherin Eliana Alejandra Otálora Acevedo

Actual occupation: MSc Student
Institution: Universidad de Chile
Research on: Phylogeography of the genus Telmatobius in the Chilean Altiplano.

Educational Background:

2015 – Present. MSc, Universidad de Chile. Dissertation title: “Phylogeographic analysis of Andean frog Telmatobius chusmisensis ”. Advisors: Marco Méndez.

2009 – 2014. BSc, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. Dissertation title: “Obtaining and analysis of mitochondrial genome of marine turtle Caretta caretta in Colombian caribbean”. Advisors: Javier Hernández.

Research Interest: My research interest is the analysis of evolutionary patterns in amphibians and reptiles, based primarily on the use of molecular tools and population genetics to delineate evolutionary units, management units in conservation processes, gene flow, determining connectivity patterns through the landscape and historical processes that could leave evolutionary marks on the demographics and the current geographical distribution of organisms. Additionally I am interested in using tools of NGS for differential expression analysis to identify local adaptation.


Otalora, K.E.A. & Hernandez, J. 2014. Mitochondrial study of loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta ISBN: 978-3-659-05701-4 Ed. Española. v. 1 pags 77.

Beltran, G, Otalora, K. & Hernandez, J. 2014. Standardization of PCR technique to amplify the mitochondrial genomes of marines turtles loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) nesting colombian caribbean. Mutis Vol 3 (2) pag. 21-30.

Contact e-mail: katheinhotalora@gmail.comkeaotaloraa@ug.uchile.cl


Awards and Associations: ReGeneC, COLEVOL y ACZ.

Student scholarship best GPA, Universidad Pedagogica y Tecnologica de Colombia, 2014.

Partial scholarship, I Congreso Latinoamericano de Genética para la Conservación, 2014, Red de Genética para la Conservación.

Meritorius thesis, Universidad Pedagogica y Tecnologica de Colombia, 2014.

Master´s scholarship tariff, Universidad de Chile, 2015.

Master´s scholarship, Instituto de Ecología y Biodiversidad, Santiago de Chile, 2015.

Assistances Scholarship X Taller de Genética para la conservación, 2015.

Further information: Interested in epigenetic analysis to explain the regulation of differential expression in genes related with local adaptation.

Practicing Karate do since 2006, brown belt and participation in national and international tournaments representing the Colombian selection of Karate do.