UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Aparicio De Narvaez, Alberto

About me

I am currently in my first year of Doctoral studies in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at UCL, sponsored by Colciencias (Colombia). My project is focused on Synthetic Biology regarding policies and scientific practices that have shaped its development and impact. Before arriving to the Science and Technology Studies arena I explored different paths, starting with a BSc in Microbiology at Universidad de Los Andes, followed by a MSc in Biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan. From these degrees I gained knowledge in combinatorial chemistry, drug discovery, genetics and molecular biology. My MSc dissertation was titled : “Application of PI–deconvolution to the screening of protein ligand combinatorial libraries using the yeast–two–hybrid assay”, under the supervision of Ron Geyer. Both programmes led me to a strong curiosity to study biotechnology from a social perspective.

Afterwards I finished an MPhil in Technology Policy at the University of Cambridge, for which the final consultancy project for the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic was titled: “Exploring the Impact of Policy Intervention of the Czech Republic’s Technology Agency: International Best Practices for Establishing a Programme Evaluation Methodology”, under the supervision of Eoin O'Sullivan. In between these degrees, I have worked in the pharmacovigilance department of Merck Sharp & Dohme, as a consultant in innovation management for Inventta, and as an advisor to the director of the international affairs office of the National Training Service of Colombia (SENA).


Barreto, K., Aparicio, A., Bharathikumar, V.M , DeCoteau, J.F., Geyer, C.R. 2012. Yeast two-hybrid screening of cyclic peptide libraries using a combination of random and PI-deconvolution pooling strategies. Protein Engineering, Design and Selection, 25(9):453-64



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