Natalia Enid Aponte Borges

Natalia Aponte on a Bridge with trees and mountains in the background in Yosemite Valley

PhD candidateCenter for Teaching and Learning EES Graduate Fellow (2021-2022)


Hayden Hall, 369

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Integrative biologist, environmental scientist, and environmental microbiologist from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. Currently part of Dr. Ileana Pérez-Rodríguez's Geomicrobiology Laboratory at Penn.

Office Hours
Tuesdays 11 am - 12 pm

B.S. in Integrative Biology from Univeristy of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.

Research Foci
Research Group
Pérez-Rodríguez Group
Research Interests

Microbe-mineral interactions, hydrothermal vents, deep-sea vents, deep-sea life, origin-of-life science, metabolically-versatile chemosynthetic microbes, hydrogenotrophs, chemolithoautotrophs, sulfur reducers, nitrate reducers, astrobiology

Courses Taught

GEOL-130 Physical Oceanography


Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Philadelphia Chapter, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Penn Chapter, The Fontaine Society, The Netter Center for Community Partnerships, The Weingarten Center, Latin American Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (LAGAPSA), La Casa Latina UPenn, Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences (URGE), Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), and International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME).

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