Ricardo received his B.Sc. from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and he recently completed his PhD at Harvard University. In his dissertation he combined gene expression analysis of natural bird populations, mathematical analysis of shapes, and functional tests in chick embryos to understand the molecular and developmental mechanisms patterning different craniofacial morphology in birds. Ricardo joined the lab to pursue his interest in evolutionary-developmental biology. For his project, he combines developmental genetics and genomic approaches to study pigmentation patterns in mammals. Ricardo is also a finalist for the Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.