Karina Caballero

Since my undergraduate degree, I have always had a deep interest in science, in knowing about the environment, and the effects of contamination on human health. This is why I have been concerned mainly about the impacts of gold and coal mining in my country, the presence of parasites in fish and associations with mercury levels, search for molecules belonging to the Colombian Biodiversity with the capacity to repel insects, as important alternatives to the use of synthetic pesticides that have toxicity on organisms other than those for which they are intended, monitoring of lead in children, presence of trace elements in sediments, among others.

I have received multiple distinctions in my academic career, due to my contributions in teaching and research. Among them, I can mention those granted by the Toxicology Society of the United States and the International Society of Toxicology to my work on coal dust, as well as those where I have been recognized for the advance in the development of repellents of natural origin that I have done together with the Industrial University of Santander through CENIVAM.

Several of my scientific works have been published in more than 30 presentations and 30 publications in national and international conferences scientific journals, respectively. I have written together with two colleagues the book entitled "Biochemical tests applied to health programs” for the development of the Biochemical Laboratory classes, which I teach in the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Within all the goals achieved in my career, one of the successes that make me feel proud is having trained undergraduate and graduate students and researchers, as well as those who have received scholarships and awards.

My dream, my challenge, is to continue strengthening my scientific capabilities, trying to grow as a person every day, giving the best of me to contribute to a Colombia in peace that finds in science and its biological resources, the platform needed to achieve sustainable development, thus allowing our legacy to future generations to deliver a strong country and in harmony with its biodiversity.