It's me, Ale!
My Name is Alexa Garin-Fernandez (She/They), but you can call me Ale. I’m the one behind all these cartoons!
I am Queer BIPoC scientist.
I come from Northern Chile, with Aymaras heritage (indigenous community) and I love cats, gypsy punk, theater, pokemon world, BIPoC Feminismus, and anime!
In Chile, I did my undergrad in Biotechnology at the Universidad de Antofagasta, where I felt in love with the microbial world!
Afterwards, I got a DAAD scholarship to study my PhD in Germany. I joined the Marine Microbiology graduate program, together with Jacobs University Bremen, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, and the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (Yes, lota collaborations!). Most of the time I was living on a tiny little island called Heligoland, working at the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland.
My thesis was focused in phage ecology, which I studied the relationship between marine bacteria and their viruses or phages. In between of my lab work, I was drawing about microbes and my life as a PhD student. Now this project grows as Microbiale.
You can find my Portfolio at Behance.
2020. Looking for the hidden: Characterization of lysogenic phages in potential pathogenic Vibrio species from the North Sea.  Mar Genomics 51:100725,
2018. The North Sea goes viral: Occurrence and distribution of North Sea bacteriophages.  Mar Genomics 41:31-41,
2016. Dangerous hitchhikers? Evidence for potentially pathogenic Vibrio spp. on microplastic particles.  Mar Environ Res 120:1-8,