Rebeca Mora

I am Rebeca Mora and I live in the mountains of Costa Rica with my 13-year-old daughter and 4 dogs. I have a Master of Science degree in Biology, and am currently a PhD student in the Doctorate Science Program at the University of Costa Rica, graduation scheduled November 2019. My academic and personal experiences provide me with the background ideal for collaborative work.
First, I have extensive academic experience in Biology and, more recently, Biomimicry. Since 2008, I have held the position of Associate Professor in the Biological Control and Bioproducts (BCB) group within the Cellular and Molecular Biology Center of the University of Costa Rica (UCR). From the year 2020 I will assume the coordination as Principal Investigator of the Group of Biological Structures in the same Research Center, additionally I will be a collaborating researcher in the School of Physics of the University of Costa Rica. As part of my responsibilities, I supervise the training of multidisciplinary groups of undergraduate and graduate students in sustainable pest control through the use of molecular biology, engineering, design, entomology and microbiology approaches. Further, from 2007 to 2010, I worked with PROINNOVA, the technology transfer office of the University of Costa Rica, as coordinator of Innovation Managers. In this position, I facilitated the effective transfer of knowledge and the generation of innovations in the private sectors through licensing of intellectual property. In 2011, I graduated as a Biomimicry Specialist from the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute. I also attended other Biomimicry courses, congresses and workshops worldwide. I now serve as a consultant and professor at the Faculty of Architecture, and School of Biology at the University of Costa Rica, and was chosen as a TED speaker in my country last year. Overall, my professional history and diversity of work experiences –- ranging from pure academia to the corporate world in PROINNOVA –- have led me to the world of Biomimetics, which is fueled by respect and admiration for nature to inspire new design. The Biomimicry discipline, my recent authentic passion and the inspiration of much of the raw, unbridled curiosity in my life, has been my best mentor for inter/transdisciplinary design. To this day, I conduct research mostly related to the question: How does Nature creates color and nano structural arrays in insects?.Second, my personal experiences have inspired my academic and professional growth. I have the privilege of living in a country with more biodiversity per unit area in the world, and so I have been immersed in a “Nature/Biomimicry vibe” since my first days. I have also traveled to different countries for my studies. Having dealt with professionals from such diverse regions, I have developed a strong sense of dedication and vigor, as well as enthusiasm and leadership skills, from this demanding academic atmosphere. On the personal side, Yoga has helped me strengthen my independence of thought and my willingness to express those thoughts. I love to debate in an affirmative yet conciliatory manner on any topic that elicits passionate views. In 2010, I became a certified yoga teacher at Yoga Mandir Costa Rica, and then travelled to India to specialize in social and therapeutic yoga. I currently teach Hatha yoga at the National University of Costa Rica.
As an important part of my professional and personal goals, I want Costa Rica to be recognized not only as a friendly country that prioritizes education over building an army, but also as a promoter of solutions for global challenges, and innovator of conscientious design and novel ways of sustainable living. For this, I know that collaboration with colleagues from around the world with different ways of thinking is crucial.