Marleny Vergara obtained her degree in bacteriology and clinical laboratory techniques at the Catholic University in Manizales, Columbia.
She obtained her MSc in microbiology at the University of Javeriana /Catholic University.
She also received a MSc in biotechnology at the University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
She is currently working for the Department of Epidemiology at the Catalan Institute of Oncology Infections and Cancer Laboratory.
She is involved in all aspects of the determination and genotyping of HPV DNA in samples collected for national and international studies coordinated by the Department of Epidemiology.
She is interested in understanding the molecular mechanism that makes certain microorganisms (HPV) trigger cancer, whereas some others give rise to simple benign transformations.