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List of contacts

Do you have any questions about ZB MED`s services or the range of literature we offer? Or maybe you need some tips on how to run searches in LIVIVO?

Phone: +49 (0)221 478-5685

Cologne Site

Medicine and Health

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Gleueler Straße 60
50931 Cologne (Köln)

Bonn Site

Nutritional, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences

ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee 4
53115 Bonn




An infrastructure and research centre for data and information in the life sciences.

Leyla Jael Castro

Team Leader Semantic Technologies

Key tasks and activities

  • Literature-based information retrieval 
  • Recommendation systems 
  • Ontology-based search and categorization
  • Interdisciplinary research in the Life Sciences domain


"I am a Computer Scientist interested in semantic web, linked data, data science, open science and education. I am currently involved in community projects aiming to make FAIR a reality not only for data but also for software and training materials. I have worked on software development and data integration semantic, project coordination, scientific events organization and chairing, and community-based projects (e.g. Bioschemas and BioJS). I have also worked as a university lecturer on software development and information systems."

Educational background

  • 2012 – 2017
    PhD Computer Languages and Systems (with a focus on AI) , Universitat Jaume I, Spain
  • 2006 – 2007
    Graduated diploma in education, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Colombia
  • 2004 – 2006
    M. Sc. Computer Science, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • 1992 – 1997 
    Bachelor Computer Science, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Career to date

  • since 2019
    Team Leader Semantic Technologies, ZB MED
  • 2018 – 2019
    Knowledge and Semantic Web Coordinator, ELIXIR Hub
  • 2013 – 2019
    Senior Software Engineer, EMBL-EBI
  • 2010 – 2013
    Data Integration Developer, EMBL-EBI
  • 2009 – 2010
    Junior Researcher, Universität der Bundeswehr
  • 2000 – 2009
    Lecturer, Web Developer, Universidad de la Sabana
  • 1997 – 2003
    Lecturer, Fundación Universitaria San Martín

Professional bodies and associations

  • RDA Research Metadata Schemas 
  • Bioschemas


Working groups in NFDI:

  • NFDI Section (Meta)data, Termino­­lo­gies, Provenance, Research Software Metadata
  • NFDI Section (Meta)data, Termino­­lo­gies, Provenance, Ontology Harmonization and Mapping
  • NFDI Section Infrastructures, Research Software Engineering (RSE)​