Dr. Angie Katherine Puerto Nino
I am a 25-year-old physician and surgeon from Colombia. I earned my degree from Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogota on January 28th, 2016. Over the past four years, driven by a strong passion for numbers, and research in general, I have had the joy to participate in multiple projects concerning complex urological and genetics questions. I have participated in different positions within the field of research. My conviction for the power of research to improve human health motivated me to join the Urology and Genetics Students’ Research Group at Xavierian University as coordinator. After, this conviction was reinforced during my social service year, working in the Humans Genetics Institute at my alma mater during the Zika emergency faced by Colombia. Then, I witnessed, first hand, the power of translational research to enable government and healthcare service agencies to handle uncertainty around major public health crisis, while enabling medical and health science workers to protect lives. This transformative experience fueled by translational research in the public health arena motivated me to join “The Health of Humanity Project” as a research assistant at the Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.