Maria A. Patiño Ospina
I am interested in the evolution of pseudofruits and fruits, especially in early diverging angiosperms. For my undergraduate thesis, I am using specimens of the genus Hedyosmum (Chloranthaceae). They develop an extrafloral bract which in maturity covers the gynoecium and the true fruit. This research is based on establishing what are the morpho-anatomical changes during carpel-fruit transition and identifying what is the real anatomy of this fruit. Futhermore, we will establish RNA mixed extraction from flowers and fruits to generate the first transcriptome of an Hedyosmum neotropical species.
Katherine Becerra Ortiz
I am interested in leaf anatomy and changes that can suffer. The focus of my current project is the Podocarpaceae family, especially the genus Retrophyllum , one of our few native "Pinos Colombianos", all of them critically endangered. This is the only genus that presents resupinated leaves in the family. Nowadays, we do not have information about what are the anatomical modifications of this phenomenon in Retrophyllum. I am aiming to understand what the morphoanatomical changes are in Retrophyllum leaves and what makes them different compared to other Podocarpaceae genera.