Molecular precursors of the RNA world in the interstellar medium

Supervisors: Víctor M. Rivilla y Laura Colzi

Predoctoral researcher enrolled in the PhD programme in Astrophysics at the Complutense University of Madrid. Graduated in Physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2021, I carried out curricular undergraduate internships at the Yebes Astronomical Observatory (Guadalajara). In 2022 I obtained a Master’s degree in Astrophysics from the Complutense University of Madrid. I did my master’s degree internship at the National Astronomical Observatory (OAN) in Madrid. I did my TFM at the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB, CSIC-INTA) under the supervision of Víctor M. Rivilla and Laura Colzi, where we explored the potential use of the abundance ratio between the isomers H2CN and H2NC as a possible new temperature tracer in the interstellar medium. I am currently working on my PhD thesis. Under the title ”Molecular precursors of the RNA world in the interstellar medium”, my pre-doctoral research aims to broaden the current horizons on the origin of the molecular precursors of RNA (ribonucleic acid) in space. One of the most widely accepted hypotheses on the origin of life on Earth points to the RNA molecule as the main trigger for primordial biological activity, and proposes its formation from simpler molecules that gave rise to increasingly complex chemistry. My doctoral thesis is one of the main lines of research of the project ”COOL – Cosmic Origins of Life” (PI: Víctor M. Rivilla), in which it is framed and from which the funds for my research come in part. Very recently, I have obtained the predoctoral grant PIPF2022/TEC-25475 from the Comunidad de Madrid, which is my main source of current funding.

Publications in ADS (The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System)

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ORCID: 0000-0001-7535-4397

Key words Astronomy and Astrophysics, Astrochemistry, Interstellar Medium, Prebiotic Chemistry, Molecules, Origin of Life