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International scholar to lead Feb. 28 Discussions without Borders forum

Debora Santo will lead the second Discussions without Borders forum at UGA with a talk describing her perspective of Western Europe and the U.S. as a Serbian scholar. The presentation, which is open free to the public, will be held Feb. 28 from 6-7 p.m. in the main conference room of the International Education building. Refreshments will be provided.

Santo was born and raised in Serbia, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in molecular biology. Santo said her passion always has been zoology, and some of her research focused on ants and bees, two examples of insects living in complexly regulated societies. During her studies, she was involved in biological research, zoology, work with nongovernmental organizations, environmental groups, sports and music.

In 2014, Santo began her doctoral studies in plant genetics at the University of Marche in Ancona, Italy, and interned at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research in Montpellier, France. She relocated to Athens in January to finish her research on the evolutionary processes of domestication in the common bean.