Catalina is an R&D specialist in the Phytopathology department. As an R&D specialist, she participates the development of disease resistance protocols and disease diagnosis for tomato. She also supports disease diagnostics for the melon and watermelon group. She started her career with Bayer after graduating with her M.S. degree in plant pathology from Michigan State University. While there, she worked on the cucurbit Downy mildew pathosystem. She obtained B.S. and M.S. degrees in microbiology from University of Los Andes in Colombia where she studied Phytophthora infestans populations.