Isabel Armas is a former Fulbright and Stevenson scholar who obtained her MSc in Plant Biology from Rutgers University (2015) and her MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Edinburgh (2012). She became a screens-to-nature workshop training leader in 2014 while she was conducting graduate research, and has taught field extraction and bioactivity assessment of plants used in Cuban traditional herbal medicine. She currently provides scientific, logistics and communications assistance for different GIBEX programs, and is helping in the establishment of a pioneering research collaboration network between USA and Cuban institutions.
Isabel also has strong applied research experience on crop improvement, functional foods and natural product chemistry. Her graduate work on the nutritional enhancement of lettuce for the prevention of metabolic syndrome produced a super high antioxidant non-GMO variety which is planned for market launch in the near future. She is currently coordinating international research projects for the development of improved non-GMO watermelon, zucchini and bean varieties. She is also an experienced English-Spanish translator and interpreter. Her professional interests include botanicals for human health, food security, international development projects and science outreach.