Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies

CLAIS Affiliates & Visiting Scholars


Dr. Mariana Nigro, Program Manager for Yale-Proxima Mentorship Program

Under the leadership of Professor Marcelo Dietrich, Dr. Mariana Nigro leads the Yale-Proxima Mentorship Program to support Brazilian undergraduate and MA-level students in the sciences. Dr. Nigro has Master’s and PhD in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. During her graduate school years, she organized many Science Outreach projects aimed to provide hands-on science courses to low-income high school students. Dr. Nigro was previously at Yale as a postdoctoral fellow and at the University of New Haven as a lecturer in Biochemistry. She has also been a volunteer at the Yale Peabody Museum of National History.

Jorge Soto photographJorge Soto, 2020 Yale World Fellow

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Miroculus

Jorge Soto is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Miroculus, a biotechnology company that seeks to democratize access to complex molecular tests for treatment and prevention of diseases. Jorge founded Miroculus with the vision of reducing the entry barrier in cost, development, complexity, and increasing access to genetic sequencing, synthetic biology, and genetic editing to help advance science and improve lives.