María received her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry in 2020 from Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia) and her Master of Science (MSc) in Bioscience in 2021 from KAUST (Thuwal, Saudi Arabia). During her master’s thesis, she studied the involvement of the methyltransferase NSD2 in cancer. For this, she introduced different single-point mutations within the catalytic domain of this enzyme and measured the subsequent effects on dynamics and thermal stability using various biophysical techniques. In addition, she has held research positions in Spain and Germany, where she learned advanced cellular biology techniques. Combining her knowledge and skills in chemistry, molecular biology, and cellular biology, María aims to make impactful contributions in her passion field, cancer research, in the future. In her free time, María loves to travel around the world to experience new cultures and to share hers with others. She appreciates beautiful landscapes, and she also loves to dance.