2009-2012 – Paris V University «René Descartes » France. 2007 – 2009 Normal Superior School (ENS) & Paris V University, France 2000-2007 National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Mexico
PhD in Psychology, Master Research in Cognitive Sciences, BSc Sciences of the Communication
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Mexico (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), RIKEN Institute (Research intern), CNRS (Research assistant), Paris V University (Teaching assistant), National Pedagogic University (UPN) Mexico (Teaching assistant)
Early Career Research Fellow
Oxford Brookes University
Favourite thing to do in science: learning new stuff and finding answers to my questions!
I am a researcher and a mother fascinated by babies development
I live in Oxford with my husband and my one-year-old son. I am originally from Mexico, but before moving to Oxford I lived in Paris, Tokio and a tiny town in Scotland called Troon. I love travelling and getting to know different cultures. I am very passionate about photography, especially taking pictures of landscapes. I now spend all my spare time with my lovely son, so when I’m not in the lab playing with babies, I am at home playing with my little son. I love watching TV series some of my favourite ones are The Black list, Dr House, and The Big Bang Theory.
I try to understand how babies learn to talk
I am part of Oxford Brookes BabyLab where a group of researchers tries to know how children learn about the world around them. For example, have you ever wondered: how do babies learn their language so quickly? how do babies understand emotions? How do they learn to walk? how do children learn to distinguish what is real from what is pretend? Well, At the Babylab, we try to answer these and other questions every day.
I will be very happy to chat about my work at the BabyLab or any other questions that you might have. Remember that:
“…every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question”
My Typical Day
Wake up, play with my son, breakfast, walk to work, some hours in front of my computer, test a baby, play, play, another test, more play, pick up my son from nursery, dinner, more play, sleep…
My typical day is usually not very typical, every day is quite different, some times I need to spend all day writing, other days I’ll be in the hospital, family events or parks trying to convince families to bring their babies to the Babylab and help us with our research, other days I’ll be at the Babylab testing babies, or designing cartoons, or teaching or supervising students… As you can see, there are a bunch of activities that need to be done, so my typical day includes a mixture of any of these activities.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Enthusiastic, creative, generous
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Sharing the passion that I have for my research
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
A few amazing professors that I have had the pleasure to find in my way.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Biology, French, Chemistry…
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to make marketing campaigns
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
a would work for a charity helping children in danger
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I don’t have a favourite singer or band, I like pop, and classic music but I also love music that makes me dance!
What's your favourite food?
Mexican food of course!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Writing a story in French, it was very fun to do, but more importantly, because of that I won a trip to France and spend a summer there with teenagers from all around the world, that was really fun!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
have all my to do list done, travel all around the world, for all the children of the world to be happy.
Tell us a joke.
I’ve given up asking rhetorical questions. What’s the point?