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Dr. Carlos Sánchez Arcos

My research focuses on elucidating the chemical mechanisms and chemical responses involved in ecological interactions by applying liquid and gas chromatography (LC/GC)-mass spectrometry (MS)-based metabolomic approaches.

We exploit the versatility of comprehensive non-targeted metabolomic approaches to identify the chemistry involved in biotic and abiotic interactions. Aiming to identify the nature of:

  1. Infochemicals responsible for the induction of phenotypic changes in plants, animals and algae.
  2. Metabolites involved in responses to predation and environmental changes.

  3. Chemical mechanisms involved in defences and adaptation

  4. Metabolites participating in symbiotic interactions

  5. Metabolites immersed in evolutionary processes

In the past, I have applied metabolomic approaches to:

  1. Elucidate plant defence metabolites involved in predation preference and evolutionary processes.

  2. Identify the fate of metabolites from above-ground activities and how they affect the chemical dynamics in groundwater systems.

  3. Understand the metabolic mechanism in algae to cope with environmental changes.

I am now working on elucidating predator kairomones responsible for triggering defence mechanisms in Daphnia and identifying infochemicals released by these microcrustaceans that maintain defence-develop trade-offs. In the same direction, I want to understand the endometabolic processes of phenotypic defence induction.

My future work focuses on studying the metabolic mechanism involved in defences, adaptations and evolutionary processes of aquatic and terrestrial plants by integrating various omic approaches.

Research Interests

  • Chemical Ecology
  • Aquatic chemical ecology
  • Chemical communications
  • Metabolomics
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Chromatography

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2019-Currently. Postdoctoral researcher and teaching assistant at the aquatic chemical ecology group, Universität zu Köln – Germany.
  • 2017-2019. Postdoctoral researcher, aquatic chemical ecology group, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena – Germany.
  • 2012-2017 Ph.D. in Chemistry (Chemical ecology), Max plank institute for chemical ecology, Jena-Germany.
  • 2008-2012. Assistant Professor, chemistry department, Pontifical Javeriana University, Bogota-Colombia.
  • 2007-2008. Temporal professor, chemistry department, Universidad del Cauca, Popayan-Colombia.
  • 2004-2007. M.Sc. in Biochemistry, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid-Spain
  • 2001-2004. Young researcher, Colombian Sugarcane Research Center (CENICAÑA), Cali-Colombia.
  • 1995-2001. Bachelor in Chemistry, Universidad del Valle, Cali –Colombia.



Invited Talks, Lectures and Presentations

  • Invited keynote (March 2021), Course of Chemical ecology, Universidad EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia.

  • Invited keynote (November 2020), Course on advances in tools in entomology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru.

  • Invited Talk (June 2019), ISCE 35th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.