CINTHYA SALDANA is a Fulbright scholar from Colombia. She received her MSc in Forensic Science in May 2018 from Emporia State University. She interned with the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory where she worked on the validation of a Y-screening technique for the detection of male DNA on female sexual assault samples. She received her BS in Biology in December 2011 from Universidad del Valle, Colombia, and her goal is to conduct research in forensic entomology. She will be working on case reports and taxonomy of flies of forensic importance in the Forensic Laboratory for Investigative Entomological Sciences at Texas A&M University. She plans to work in collaboration with researchers in the US to develop the knowledge in forensic entomology in Colombia after her visit at the F.L.I.E.S Facility. This project will characterize microbiological and entomological communities. One of the objectives will be to understand more about the insect fauna and microbiome associated with decomposing bodies in the tropics and compare the results with what has been reported in the Unites States.