Ph.D. Candidate in Iberian and Latin American Cultures
Recent advances in manipulation and storage of large quantities of data, digitization of bibliographical material, and optimization of algorithms for optical character recognition have jointly allowed the creation of large digitized corpora. I am interested in tracing the evolution of written language using large corpora of digitized bibliographical material, and in describing language evolution dynamics with models drawn from biological evolution. In particular, I focus on the Portuguese and Spanish languages, with an emphasis on the introduction of vernacular elements in the written form. I work with Joan Ramon Resina and Marc Feldman, who are in the Departments of Iberian and Latin American Cultures and Biology, respectively, at Stanford. Also, I have a longstanding research collaboration with curators Glen Worthey, Adán Griego and Ever Rodríguez at the Stanford Libraries, and with Lyris Wiedemann and Agripino Silveira in the Stanford Language Center.
In addition to my language evolution research, I am studying journalism during the Spanish Civil War, with an emphasis on reporting practices and diffusion of information.
I obtained my B.Sc. in physics from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and completed my undergraduate thesis under the supervision of José Luis Mateos on chaotic transport in deterministic ratchets. Thereafter, I joined the Ph.D. program in Molecular Biophysics at Johns Hopkins, working in the lab of David Draper. My doctoral research focused on the experimental validation of the Poisson-Boltzmann formalism in describing electrostatic components of binding and folding of RNA-protein complexes. Currently, I am working on my second Ph.D. in the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, and, in parallel, conducting postdoctoral research in single molecule biophysics in Steve Block’s lab here at Stanford.
In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, climbing, skiing, biking, running or scuba diving.