Maria Isabel Giraldo Giraldo attended the University of Quindio, Colombia, where she did her BSc in Biology and environmental education. She also completed her Msc and PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the same university. Maria joined UTMB in 2016 as international visiting student and was enrolled in the post-doctoral research program. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor (N-T Track Research) at the Microbiology and Immunology department at UTMB in Galveston. Her main areas of interest are mechanisms of viral infection and replication; role of Ubiquitin and E3- ubiquitin ligases replication of different viruses (ZIKV, DENV, WNV, SARS-CoV-2); role of ubiquitination of ZIKV on reproductive biology (reproductive tissues tropism) and pregnancy. She is also a BIRCWH Scholar and is actively involved in several research projects with her mentor Ricardo Rajsbaum. She loves to spend time in family and likes long rides in mountain bike.