Felix Moronta

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology ICGEB

Biosafety Group

Area Science Park. Padriciano 99. Trieste, Italy.


I help developing countries to fulfil their obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. This international agreement seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by genetically modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology. I do this at the Biosafety Group of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), in Trieste, Italy (www.icgeb.org/biosafety-current/). My background as a researcher in microbiology and bacterial genetics provided me with key skills for my current role. Also, intensive training on science advice and science diplomacy have empowered me toward this task. On the other hand, I’m a co-founder of an NGO for science communication in Spanish, Fundación Persea (www.fundacionpersea.com).
I obtained a bachelor in Biology at the Central University of Venezuela (my homeland) in 2006, where I worked with oil-degrading bacteria. Then, I won an international scholarship for the PhD at the University of Alicante (Spain), where I worked with cyanobacterial genetics. After, I was a postdoc researcher in both Venezuela and Italy, working with rice-associated beneficial bacteria. During this period, my passion for agriculture was strengthened. So, I decided to drop the pipettes and hung the lab coat for building bridges between biotechnology and agriculture, via advising and capacity-building to policy-makers.
My weaknesses? I'm crazy about arepas, pizzas, and astronomy, with no particular order.

You are all invited to visit my personal blog at http://felixmoronta.pro/