Fernan was born in Mendoza, Argentina, and studied two years of Engineering and three of Biology (in Argentina, Chile and Mexico). He did a PhD in Biological Sciences and postdocs in Synthetic Biology in the UK. All his education has been kindly supported by the free educational system of Argentina and international scholarships from JP II Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Fernan works as an assistant professor at PUC, Chile, and as an international fellow of OpenPlant Centre for Synthetic Biology – University of Cambridge, UK. He is a member of two movements promoting open source technology: TECNOx and GOSH (Gathering for Open Science Hardware).