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Bachrach, Estanislao

Bachrach, Estanislao / Secretary

Estanislao is a founding member of the Board of Directors and was the first President of Fundación Crimson. Concurrently, he is a Professor and Academic Director of the Biotechnology and Business Program at the Business School of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

His expertise in science education and research brings molecular biology and genetics together with the large field of stem cell technologies and biotechnology.

Estanislao was born in Buenos Aires in 1971. In 1988, he was honored with “L’Air du Temps” first prize, a science competition for high school students organized by the French Embassy in Buenos Aires. He went to the University of Buenos Aires to study Biological Sciences, and graduated as a Biologist in 1997. During this period, he traveled to Université de Lyon, France, for two summers where he was able to complete his “Tesis de Licenciatura” investigating the Herpes virus as a tool for gene therapy. He was also a High School teacher between 1993 and 1997, teaching biology, chemistry and health education in Buenos Aires and its suburbs.

In 1997, Estanislao was awarded the Bourse Docteur Ingenieur of the CNRS (National Center of Research and Science), France. As a result of this, he went to the Université de Montpellier II to pursue his doctoral degree, which was earned from the School of Exact and Natural Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires in 2001. His thesis dissertation focused on retroviral and HIV derived vectors. During his PhD, he taught Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry to university French students and participated of several meetings around Europe and the US.

In 2002, he began postdoctoral training at Children's Hospital Boston as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Associate where he led outstanding research on stem cell and gene therapy approaches on muscular dystrophies. For this accomplishment, he was conferred the title of Instructor of Pediatrics by the Harvard Medical School. In parallel, he was a teaching fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. For this latter work, he was received the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching Biological Sciences at Harvard from his students four years in a row and was nominated once for the prestigious Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize. Altogether, he spent almost 10 years abroad before coming back to Latin America. He has published eleven papers in international journals and three book chapters.

In 2006, he returned to Argentina to share his knowledge and experience with his fellow scientists and educators. He became the President of Fundación Crimson and co-directs the Program for the Advancement of Biomedical Sciences Education in Latin America at Harvard Medical International.

 

Cataife, Melina

Cataife, Melina / Treasurer

Melina is the current Treasurer and a founding member of the Board of Directors of Fundación Crimson and is the Assistant Director of PABSELA, a Partners Harvard Medical International Program for the Advancement of Biomedical Sciences Education in Latin America. Since 2008, Melina is founder and Director of Consultora de Carrera Cataife, a company delivering Career Coach Services in Argentina.

Her expertise includes design and implementation of high impact and cost effective international programs. She has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, and in the Business Services unit of Jewish Vocational Services, a non-profit organization based in Boston, where she plans and performs customized-corporation training programs. She co-authored official publications and reports for both organizations which targeted America's largest Fortune 500 corporations.

She has been educated in the United States and Argentina, completed a Graduate Program in Non-Profit Management (partnership Di Tella University, San Andres University and CEDES) and a Masters Degree of Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University. This Masters program included a multi-disciplinary approach to development and is part of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management that is ranked as one of the top 3 Schools of social policy in the United States.

 

Velardez, Miguel

Velardez, Miguel / President and Executive Director | Fundacion Crimson

mvelardez@fundacioncrimson.org 

Miguel is the current President and a founding member of the Board of Directors of Fundación Crimson and the Director of the Program for the Advancement of Biomedical Sciences Education in Latin America (PABSELA) at Partners Harvard Medical International.

His expertise includes strategic planning and design and implementation of innovative projects in international science education. His background includes an in-depth knowledge of science with special emphasis in biomedical and natural sciences in combination with a broad perspective of the state of higher education as well as the socio-economic scenario of the Americas.

Miguel was born in Avellaneda, Buenos Aires province in 1972 and grew up in Quilmes just 15 miles south of Buenos Aires. He attended the Normal School of Quilmes, a high school with pedagogic specialization and in 1990 entered the University of Buenos Aires to study Biological Sciences. In 1997, he was awarded with the Scholarship for Outstanding Students by Fundación Antorchas, and graduated as a Biologist in 1998. This same year, he became a doctoral research fellow of the National Council of Research and Technology and worked at the Medical School of the University of Buenos Aires. His thesis dissertation focused on the neuroendocrine regulation of anterior pituitary hormone release, and in 2001 he won an award from the Endocrine Society for his outstanding doctoral research. He earned his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the School of Exact and Natural Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires in 2002 and has published thirteen papers in international journals. In parallel, he was continuously engaged in teaching activities at several universities. He has taught Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Endocrinology, Physiology, Developmental Biology and Embryology.

Besides his passion for science, Miguel is also a student of the arts and has performed as a bass guitar player. He was a student at the School of Popular Music in Avellaneda, was a member of a pop group and recorded a CD in 1997. Moreover, he was a member of the steering committee at the Students Association in the School of Exact and Natural Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. In 1999, he organized the National Research Fellow Association where he advocated for the labor rights for CONICET fellows. Importantly, he was chosen by his fellows as the official speaker at the public hearings during the discussion of the first Law of Science and Technology held at the National Congress in 2000.

Between 2002 and 2007, he worked as a scientist in the Division of Neuroscience at Children's Hospital Boston where he investigated the development of peripheral nerves and the molecular mechanisms of peripheral neuropathies. In September 2007 he came back to Argentina to work in science and education at the School of Medicine at University of Buenos Aires.