I was born and grew up in Colombia and finished with honors my BA in History (Asia) at the University of Bologna in Italy. During my BA I had the chance to spend one year in China (Dalian) learning Mandarin thanks to support from my university. Also during my BA I spent a few months in Benares, India, learning Sanskrit with the traditional method. After my BA degree I went to Beijing to start a MA in Sanskrit & Pali at Peking University under the supervision of Professor Duan Qing. Now I am starting my PhD in the Buddhist Studies program under the supervision of Professor Gregory Schopen. Although I have not yet defined a doctoral project, I am interested in Buddhism as an international cultural idiom in Asia during the first half of the first millennium AD. I am especially interested in Buddhist narrative and poetry.