A collaborative and innovation-driven space for education, research, and conservation.
The BIOMOL is the only molecular biology laboratory of a private university in Costa Rica. It is an interdisciplinary and multifunctional lab ideal for collaboration, research and experiential learning.
Our projects address research questions in ecology, evolution and conservation of endangered species.
The BIOMOL offers courses and short term field courses in the areas of environmental sciences, as well as internships and services learning opportunities.
The Biomol hosts a group of interdisciplinary researchers from various fields, working on individual projects as well as collaborations with NGOs, public-private sectors and universities.
Deciphering spot patterns in the Pacific Eagle Ray
Did you know that there's not a category for Aetobatus laticeps (Pacific Eagle Ray) in the IUCN Red List? It's because this specie still remain as A. narinari (DD, Data Deficient). This was its previous description, now they are separated as A. laticeps in the Pacific and A. narinari in the Atlantic.
Identifying parasitic relationships in rays
Parasites host interactions are one of the most interesting relations in biology and can be used as ecosystem health indicators. By studying parasitic load we can identify potential disorders in the food chain, decline of host species and excess of pollution.
Studying the genetic connectivity of commercial fish in Costa Rica
Nurseries for the silky shark, where are they?
The BIOMOL laboratory studied nurseries of the Eastern Tropical Pacific and identified that there are 3 populations of silky shark, divided by their capture country: Ecuador, El Salvador and Mexico. We can also suggest that the Mexican silky shark migration includes Jalisco as a nursery area for this species.
Protecting a critically endangered hammerhead shark from their nurseries
Story of an internship in the BIOMOL laboratory
Hello everybody, my name is Jordi, I am an environmental biologist from Barcelona, Spain, and I will tell you a little about the experience as an intern at BIOMOL Lab.