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Professor and UIS researcher, Elena Stashenko, highlighted among the 60 most influential scientists in the world and the 10 most important in South America

For the second time, the investigative work of Professor Elena Stashenko from the School of Chemistry of the Industrial University of Santander, was praised by the magazine ‘The Analytical Scientist’, including it in the list of powers where the 60 scientists are mentioned most influential analytics in the world and the 10 most important in South America in 2020.

For this year, the list highlights the top 10 researchers in analytical science in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, South America, and North America. This recognition was granted based on the nominations made by the scientific community reading the journal, according to the quality of the research carried out, the importance of its publications, among other aspects of interest related to the work of each researcher; From there, a list resulted that was evaluated by a panel of independent judges.

In addition to the list, the magazine also mentions a series of interviews carried out with each of the outstanding researchers. In it, Dr. Elena Stashenko, who leads the National Center of Research Excellence for the Agroindustrialization of Tropical Aromatic and Medicinal Plant Species (Cenivam), highlighted that her passion for analytical science comes from her family; “… My mom was a chemistry and my dad was a physicist, so family tradition played an important role in my decision to study chemistry. My love for analytical chemistry in particular developed during my doctorate in the field of organic mass spectrometry ”, indicated, in this regard, Professor Elena.

“Often times, people don’t understand what science is for or why we should invest in it. For this reason, it is essential that scientific ideas are communicated to the public. Financial institutions do not always understand the need to invest in fundamental science and are looking only for applications and innovations. Excessive bureaucracy also reduces the growth of new and creative ideas in science, since they may not be among the fashionable or profitable at any given time, ”the researcher also mentioned when asked about the misconceptions of science in South America .

In 2016, this same scientific journal recognized the UIS professor and researcher, Elena Stashenko, as one of the 50 most influential women in analytical sciences in the world.

Born in Russia, Professor Elena Stashenko has worked since 1983 in the field of teaching and research at the School of Chemistry of the Faculty of Sciences of the UIS. She is a Doctor in Chemical Sciences and in Organic and Instrumental Chemistry from the Druzhbi Narodov University in Moscow (USSR).

He has completed postdoctoral stays at the Universities of California (Davis, United States), Braunschweig (Germany), Quebéc (Canada) and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia). Currently, she is a Laureate Professor and director of the Laboratory of Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry CROM-MASS of the Industrial University of Santander and director of the National Research Center for the Agroindustrialization of Tropical Aromatic and Medicinal Plant Species (CENIVAM). He is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Metrology of Colombia, of the Scientific Council of the Alexánder Von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute, of the Council of the National Program of Science, Technology and Innovation in Biotechnology of Colciencias, and the Colombian Association for the Advancement of Science (ACAC); In addition, she is a Full Member of the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences (ACCEFYN).

He has directed more than 250 Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctorate theses in Chemistry and participated in the publication of more than 250 scientific articles in international and national indexed journals, conference proceedings and international symposia.

Dr. Stashenko is a Senior Researcher according to the ScienTi classification of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. She is one of the authors of five patents granted to the UIS and leads the program BIO-CHALLENGE XXI 15:50 Colombia Científica, winner of the first call No. 778 – Scientific Ecosystem of the Colombia Científica Program, in the strategic focus of Bioeconomy. In this 2020, he also received the recognition of a life and career in Public Health in Colombia, granted by the Colombian Association of Public Health.

The list of researchers recognized by The Analytical Scientist in 2020, and the interview made to each of them, can be consulted on the journal’s website: https://theanalyticalscientist.com/power-list/2020 .

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