Alejandro Obregon Maeda


Alejandro graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico. Afterwards, he spent a year gaining work experience as a Lab Specialist at Tecnológico de Monterrey in a wild chilli cultivation project. To gather more research experience, in 2017 he completed his degree thesis research project focused on microbial ecology interactions between two bacteria species from the family Bacillaceae that are important for food security in the Genetics and Biochemistry of Microorganisms Lab. He began his MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation at UCL in 2018 with the support of the Bank of Mexico’s FIDERH scholarship programme, and conducted research projects using genetic and ecological approaches to studying biodiversity.

Alejandro started his PhD in November 2019 at the Day Lab, after receiving the Mexican CONACyT scholarship and UCL fellowship to fund his studies. The project will analyse fish and amphibian community structure using environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding in restricted Mexican ecosystems. The project is co-supervised by Dr Beth Clare from Queen Mary’s University of London.

Academic history

2019-2023 PhD in Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London (CONACyT scholarship/UCL graduate fellowship)

2018-2019 MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation, University College London (FIDERH scholarship/UCL scholarship)

2011-2015 BSc in Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León


Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment

University College London

Darwin Building

Gower Street

London WC1E 6BT

United Kingdom