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Fernán was educated in Argentina, where he started a bachelor’s degree in engineering in Mendoza, before moving to study biology at Pontificia Universidad Católica. After a year working at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, he moved to the University of Cambridge to do his PhD with Jim Haseloff, where he stayed researching synthetic biology. Fernán, a previous Wellcome Image Award winner, currently works as an assistant professor and a Director of the Synthetic Biology Lab at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile. He is also a research associate at OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Centre in Cambridge.