In the media

This is an archive of most of the press releases, features, invitations, presentations and interviews in other media platforms. These releases are in English or Spanish:


Invited for online exhibition with Sciart Latam

September, 2020

Sciart Latam is a space for creators from Latinamerica to share their projects related to science and art. Between September 21st to 27th you can find my illustrations there too!

You can see awesome projects from other inspiring creators in the Instagram and Facebook accounts from SciArt Latam.

Placing microorganisms on the chilean map with the Chilean Network of Microbial Ecology (RECHEM)

September, 2020

To celebrate the international day of microorganisms in September 17th, we're working in collaboration with the Chilean Network of Microbial Ecology (RECHEM)to place together the different microorganisms in the chilean map. In this project, each -woman- scientist describe a microorganism identified or isolated in Chile, and I illustrate them <3 Soon I'll share the complete map here.

You can find more of  RECHEM in their website y twitter. We are sharing new microorganisms daily (described in Spanish) in our social networks. Besides RECHEM and my accounts, the Microbial Ecology lab is sharing them in twitter, instagram and facebook.

We appeared in the chilean newspaper Las Últimas Noticias. You can find the release of this iniciative (in Spanish) in the following video 👇. 

Drawing versus with Wikiseba

September, 2020

In addition of his work in online scicomm, Seba does 3D illustrations. This time we did a versus challenge between his 3D designs and my traditional drawings. If you know Spanish, you can also hear our talk about viruses and microbiology.

You can follow Wikiseba in Youtube, twitter and instagram.

Checking the new website in TXS Radio

September, 2020

TXS radio is -so far- the only radio in Latinamerica only focused in science and technology. I was again with Robbie Barrera in his program Ciencia Imposible (imposible science), this time checking this website when was launched and talked about microbiology and importance to highlight diversity.

If you know or wanna learn Spanish, you can follow Robbie Barrera por Youtube, Instagram, Twitter y Facebook. You can also check the chapters in Spotify.

Invited to Podcast "Ciencia en Otras Palabras" (Science in other words)

September, 2020

Ciencias en otras palabras is a scicomm Podcast in Spanish. They talk about biology, and this time I got the opportunity to talk about diversity, cartoons, phages and other microbes with them. You can hear or download this chapter in this link.

If you know Spanish or wanna practice, you can follow them in facebook, instagram and hear their chapters in Youtube, Spotify and

Invited to Podcast "Altiro"

September, 2020

Altiro is a Podcast in Spanish made by the Bibliotank's team in collaboration with FulgorLab. This Podcast invites creators, writters and readers to highlight their creations as a act of resistance. They considered me to talk about Microbiale project! Thank you so much for the opportunity <3

You can find them in instagram, and hear them (in Spanish) in Spotify, Youtube and Ivoox

Invited at online scicomm interview "Desde la Ciencia"

August, 2020

The scicomm group "Desde La Ciencia" is focused to highlight the importance of science and motivate students to continue this path. You can find them in youtube, facebook and instagram.
This group invited me to talk about my experience in science, microbes and phages. It was really fun and we talk about my experience in research.

You can watch the interview in Spanish on their Facebook

Interview at Cellfie magazine

July, 2020

Cellfie is focused to motivate young girls to pursue their interest in STEM subjects. My interview in English is available at its blog in the following link.


Corona-Zine now available at the Barnard Library, New York

July, 2020

My Fanzine about Covid-19 is now available at the Barnard Library in New York in digital media format in Spanish and English! 

Read the press release in English in the following link.

Part of Jury at Kids tender to draw microorganisms!

July, 2020

The scicomm institution Par Explora Los Ríos organized a great tender for kids: Draw the microbial world! I was honored to be part of the jury and have the really hard task to be part of the winner's decision. Read the press release in Spanish in the following link and the tender official information.

Invited to present at OwaspChile to celebrate their 10th anniversary

June, 2020

"The OWASP Foundation works to improve the security of software through its community-led open source software projects, hundreds of chapters worldwide, tens of thousands of members, and by hosting local and global conferences" (source). The organization from Chile invited me to give a talk about my path in science to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Thanks again for the opportunity!

Invited to radio program to talk about Pokemon

April, 2020

TXS radio is -so far- the only radio in Latinamerica only focused in science and technology. In the Ciencia Imposible (imposible science) program, I got invited to talk with Robbie Barrera about Pokémon and the relation with science.

If you know Spanish (or wanna learn), you can watch the youtube video of the program:

And I went again on the following week:

Thanks again for the opportunity!

Interview about mural wall in chilean magazine

February, 2020

After the inauguration of the mural wall at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, I was interviewed at a national magazine from Chile. Here I talked about the process and the experience to study abroad

Read the press release in Spanish in the following link.

Press release of mural project at MPI

February, 2020

"Art and Science – this alliance offers many opportunities, especially when it comes to the tiny world of single-cell organisms. The mural painting of Alexa Garin-Fernandez at the entrance to the Department of Molecular Ecology at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology shows how this can work. Alexa has done her PhD at the Biological Station Helgoland, which belongs to the Alfred-Wegener-Institute, and knows the department's field of research very well. She comes from Chile and worked as a guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute in Bremen from 2016 to 2019 as a part of her PhD. In addition, she is involved in science communication as a scientific cartoonist". Read the complete press release in English in the following link.


Interview at Antofagasta's newspaper

August, 2019

I got an interview at the local newspaper from Antofagasta, the city where I grew up and studied my undergrad.

Read the interview in Spanish in the following link (with subscription)

Interview at Tarapacá in situ magazine

July, 2019

Tarapacá in situ is a local-focused magazine, where they share the reality of Northern Chile. This time I got the opportunity to talk about my heritage, PhD thesis, pokemon and scicomm.

Read the interview in Spanish in the following link

Selected for "Influential women" from Ekpa'palek

February, 2019

"Influential women" is a part of the Ekpa'paleks program, that makes visible women's stories in their professional development. For more info about Ekpa'palek you can check my post or go directly to their website.

Featured at Wikisebas 10h marathon

February, 2019

Wikiseba is the biggest edutuber in spanish language, and he invited me to join his marathon of 10h! This was my first time streaming, so I got super nervous while drawing live and talked about my research.
If you know Spanish (or wanna learn), don't hesitate and follow them in Youtube, twitter and instagram.

Featured post from their instagram and twitter status.

Featured in "February of women scientists" of StarTres

February, 2019

StarTres is a group of three chilean women dedicated to scicomm in astronomy. If you know Spanish (or wanna learn), don't hesitate and follow them in Youtube, twitter and instagram.

In February, they featured a women scientist per day and one of them was me! I feel so honored to be considered for 🙂

Interview to autonomous blog

February, 2019

I was invited to an autonomous and alternative blog to talk about my path in science and now in scicomm, my view about the sexism in STEM, and we talk about patriarchy, migration and pokemon.

Unfortunately, this blog doesn't exist anymore, but I could save a couple of screenshots.


Ale participated in the illustration of scaled microbes, present her research as Poster format (in German!) and Mic Robio did a cameo in the event booklet

Ale and Mic Robio at the 125 years of oceanographic research on Heligoland

May, 2017

To celebrate the 125 of the oceanographic research on Heligoland, a big Open Day was organized.

In this opportunity, I used all my language skills to explain my research in German to a broader audience, talk about microbes and explain how abundant and important are for our marine ecosystems. This was a huge event, with lot of different and interesting research!

In addition, with my colleagues and friends from the Microbial Ecology working group prepared a culture plate exposition. For this, we collected samples from coastal environment and from our homes and us! Then we incubated them to show that microbes are everywhere (and harmless!), and using certain techniques you can see them as on these plates.

Read the press release of this event in the following link


Illustration of the first coloring book version.

Interview to Mic Robio's creator.

October, 2015


The Spanish Association of Scientific Communication (AECC) published a interesting interview about the world of Mic Robio the bacterium. In this article, the creator of Mic Robio, Gonzalo Fuentes explains the idea of this project, including objectives and the reception of the readers.

Read the original article (in Spanish) in the following link

Above: Ale's presenting the Mic Robio adventures as Poster Below: Not just kids are able to enjoy with Mic stories 😉

Mic Robio and Ale at the Open Day, Helgoland.

August, 2015

After its first appearance in Chile, Mic Robio moved to the other side of the world and was part of the "Open Day" (Tag der Offenen Tür in German). In this opportunity, we opened our labs on Heligoland to show to the community what we are doing, and Mic Robio could tell about the micro-world.

Above: Gonzalo Fuentes (Mic Robio's creator) is telling to the kids about Mic and his friends. Below: Lab group with our young readers. Photos credit: Par Explora Antofagasta

First appearance of Mic Robio!

April, 2015

The research group from Laboratorio de Complejidad Microbiana y Ecología Funcional del  Instituto Antofagasta, Chile participated with other research institutes on the event Puerto de Ideas.
In this event, kids had the possibility to participate in different activities such as "Light and colours for everyone", "The origins of scientific photography", "light and life: photosynthesis, energy and extremophiles organisms" and "Welcome to the microbial world", where we presented Mic Robio by first time.

If you want to know more about science and technology's divulgation in Antofagasta, Chile. Check Par Explora Antofagasta!

Read the original article (in Spanish) in the following link

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