SETAC Latin America Women’s Luncheon

12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. | Tuesday | Room: Fiesta

Cost: US$5 Members, US$10 Non-members | Registration required

Women face special challenges in advancing their careers and balancing obligations and expectations. The SETAC Latin America Women’s Luncheon will provide women attending the meeting with an opportunity to share experiences and learn from others. Women leaders from with SETAC will share their personal stories and answer questions. All women are encouraged to attend this event. Because space may be limited, early registration is encouraged. The registration fee is $5.

An impressive lineup of five women speakers will address the audience with their stories. Learn more about each speaker below.

Andrea Monroy-LichtMy research interests have focused on Environmental Biotechnology, especially in Bioremediation, exploring the potential uses of biosolids generated in wastewater treatment, as well as in the biological treatment of environmental pollutants. I am currently working on phytorediation of heavy metals, especially mercury and metalloids such as Arsenic and its species (Arsenite, Arsenate and Monothioarsenate) using the Eichhornia crassipes and Arabidopsis thaliana plant. Being a point of deepening the mechanisms of responses of the plants against the stress generated by different pollutants present in the ecosystems. At the same time, I am interested in Science learning topics. I focus on improving critical thinking skills in undergraduate students of the Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla-Colombia).

Beatriz Jaramillo-ColoradoBeatriz E. Jaramillo-Colorado studied chemistry at the University of the Quindio (Colombia) and she has a PhD in Chemistry at the Industrial University of Santander. She is a Professor-Researcher of the Chemistry Program of University of Cartagena (Colombia). Her research focuses on the dynamics of organic contaminants in different matrixes, including soil, water, sediments, atmosphere, and biota. Moreover, she has developed the area of Environmental chemistry, overall pesticides. During the last years she has been working in contamination by pesticides and their remediation. She has been advisor of several Master and PhD Thesis. She has more than 30 peer-reviewed international papers.

Helena Silva de AssisHelena earned her bachelors of Veterinary Medicine at the Federal University of Paraná-Brazil (1985), masters of Veterinary Medicine at UFPR– Brazil (1989) and Ph.D. of Natural Sciences at the Technical University of Berlin (1998). She received her Post-doctoral of Environmental Genomic at Ottawa University (2011). Helena has vast experience in toxicology and pharmacology, environmental and aquatic toxicology. She is a Titular professor at the Pharmacology Department at UFPR (Brazil), where she is also a supervisor of two post-graduation programs: Pharmacology and Ecology and Conservation. Her main research projects include: 1) Global warming and cyanotoxins: Effects on aquatic biota and the use of macrophytes as an alternative for water treatment; 2) Evaluation of the potential endocrine disrupting effect of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in fish, 3) Estrogenic activity of heavy metals on fish species Rhamdia quelen (jundiá; and 4) A new approach in the assessment of the effects of pollutants on Brazilian Tropical fish. Helena has 99 original research papers published in peer reviewed scientific journals. She has served as Vice President and President of SETAC Latin America (2015–2017) and is currently the SETAC Latin America representative in the SETAC World Council. She is next in line to serve as the SETAC Vice President in 2020. 

Karina Miglioranza

Karina Miglioranza studied biology at the Mar del Plata University (Argentina) and she has a Ph.D. in Biology at the same university. She is a scientist of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) and works in the Institute of Marine and Coastal Research (IIMyC-CONICET). Her research focuses on the dynamics of organic contaminants in different matrixes, including soil, water, sediments, atmosphere, and biota; phytoremediation using terrestrial plants; emerging contaminants. She is the leader of the Research Group “Ecotoxicology and Environmental Pollution,” Mar del Plata University. She has been advisor of several Master and Ph.D. thesis and published more than 100 peer-reviewed international papers.

Karina is an active member of SETAC (since 1998) and member of the SETAC World Council (2016–2018). She was president of SETAC Latin America (2014–2015), and currently is president of SETAC Argentina. She has also been an active member of the “Crop Protection Chemistry” Commission of IUPAC since 2011. She contributed as author of the United Nations environment report Global Environment Outlook GEO-5 and GEO-6 (UNEP).

In 2019 she received a “Global Partner Capacity Building Award” from SETAC.

Tatiana Heid Furley

Tatiana is the innovation leader and counselor at Aplysia Environmental Solutions, President of APLYSIA Institute and Immediate Past President of SETAC Latin America.

Her areas of research includes bioaccumulation, sediment quality, triad, ecotoxicology, water resources, environmental effects monitoring and river restoration. Her projects of major interest revolve around solving or preventing aquatic environmental questions.

Tatiana is a biologist who earned her master and doctorate degree in biological oceanography in Brazil. She has dedicated the last 28 years designing and coordinating environmental effects monitoring studies of industrial effluents on aquatic ecosystems. In 1997 she founded Aplysia Environmental Solutions, a Brazilian company specializing in environmental monitoring, ecotoxicology and river restoration. It has clients from large industrial sectors such as oil and gas, mining, steel industry, pulp and paper. Tatiana was voted Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 of Espirito Santo State in Brazil. She has received 15 awards for the technical quality of her team environmental projects. Since 2000, Tatiana has been working  with scientists from international universities, industries and environmental agencies from Brazil, USA, Canada, UK, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. She received the Global Partner Capacity building award from SETAC in 2019.

Yohana Santamaria

Yohana María Velasco Santamaría has a degree of Doctor Veterinary Medicine from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2003), Master of Research in Applied Fish Biology (2007), PhD in Biology from University of Southern Denmark, (2011). She is Associate Professor at the School of Animal Sciences of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the Universidad de los Llanos. She teaches Toxicology and Aquatic and Environmental Biotechnology. And leads the Research Group in Aquatic and Environmental Biotechnology and Toxicology – BioTox. She has published 25 articles in Colombian national scientific journals and 18 articles in international scientific journals. She is a member of the Board of Directors and coordinator of the Llanos Node of the Red Colombiana de Mujeres Científicas (2016 – present). Member of the Colombian Association of Veterinarians and Animal Husbandry (2003 – present), Member of the Society of Environmental and Toxicology and Chemistry (2006 – present), Member of the Colombian Academy of Veterinary Sciences (2016 – present). She is an academic peer of the Ministry of National Education (MEN), a peer evaluator of COLCIENCIAS and an evaluator of national and international scientific journals. In 2018, she was recognized by the Governorate of Meta, Colombia with the Metense Great Order of Women.