Yensi is a recipient of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Postdoctoral Global Individual Fellowship, which brings together the Tangney Lab in Cancer Research @UCC and the Bhardwaj and Baker labs at the Institute for Protein Design (IPD), University of Washington, Seattle. Through her project (BacStar), Yensi aims to solve an important issue limiting progress of using bacteria as vehicles for the delivery of Cancer Therapeutics into tumours.

In addition to her core scientific work, Yensi is a highly active in research communication and in 2021 she was awarded membership to the Global Young Academy (GYA). Here she co-leads the GYA Scientific Excellence working group, where she engages in activities that challenge current research assessment practices to promote the development of more inclusive, diverse and equal research environments, that value practices, such as ethics, collaboration and open science. For example, she currently coordinates the publication of “A global landscape on research assessment”, a study surveying 141 institutions in 56 countries and organises discussions through wide-audience platforms.

At GYA, Yensi is also co-lead of the Biodiversity for Survival working group, where she co-leads activities promoting biodiversity conservation and promote inclusion, diversity and equality in biosciences.

Furthermore, Yensi serves in the steering board of the Coalition for the Advancement of Research Assessment (CoARA), where she aims to represent and advocate for early career researchers worldwide and to expand the CoARA globally, specially to the Global South.

In March 2023 Yensi was also selected for the first cohort of the Young Academy of Ireland, where she aims to engage in transdisciplinary research that assess and overcome barriers towards building diverse and equitable Irish research institutions and engage in science policy and science communication to promote a scientific culture that values research integrity, open science and collaboration. Finally, she aims to develop Science + Art projects to promote the conservation of biodiversity and education in biosciences.


Biodiversity: the overlooked source of human health. Linhares Y, Kaganski A, Agyare C, Kurnaz IA, Neergheen V, Kolodziejczyk B, Kędra M, Wahajuddin M, El-Youssf L, Dela Cruz TE, Baran Y, Pešić M, Shrestha U, Bakiu R, Allard PM, Rybtsov S, Pieri M, Siciliano V, Flores Bueso Y. Trends Mol Med. 2023 Mar;29(3):173-187. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2022.12.002. Epub 2022 Dec 28. PMID: 36585352
Function2Form Bridge-Toward synthetic protein holistic performance prediction. Yallapragada VVB, Walker SP, Devoy C, Buckley S, Flores Y, Tangney M. Proteins. 2020 Mar;88(3):462-475. doi: 10.1002/prot.25825. Epub 2019 Oct 29. PMID: 31589780
Understanding and harnessing triple-negative breast cancer-related microbiota in oncology. Devoy C, Flores Bueso Y, Tangney M. Front Oncol. 2022 Nov 24;12:1020121. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2022.1020121. eCollection 2022. PMID: 36505861
A novel cell permeability assay for macromolecules. Flores Bueso Y, Walker S, Quinn J, Tangney M. BMC Mol Cell Biol. 2020 Oct 30;21(1):75. doi: 10.1186/s12860-020-00321-x. PMID: 33126861
Characterization of FFPE-induced bacterial DNA damage and development of a repair method. Flores Bueso Y, Walker SP, Tangney M. Biol Methods Protoc. 2020 Jul 27;5(1):bpaa015. doi: 10.1093/biomethods/bpaa015. eCollection 2020. PMID: 33072872
Non-specific amplification of human DNA is a major challenge for 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. Walker SP, Barrett M, Hogan G, Flores Bueso Y, Claesson MJ, Tangney M. Sci Rep. 2020 Oct 1;10(1):16356. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-73403-7. PMID: 33004967
Seeding sustainable education in developing countries: Teaching biotech in low-income areas. Flores Bueso Y, Tangney M. EMBO Rep. 2020 Sep 3;21(9):e50587. doi: 10.15252/embr.202050587. Epub 2020 Sep 1. PMID: 32869903
Protoblock – A biological standard for formalin fixed samples. Flores Bueso Y, Walker SP, Hogan G, Claesson MJ, Tangney M. Microbiome. 2020 Aug 22;8(1):122. doi: 10.1186/s40168-020-00901-1. PMID: 32828122
Microbiome analysis as a platform R&D tool for parasitic nematode disease management. Hogan G, Walker S, Turnbull F, Curiao T, Morrison AA, Flores Y, Andrews L, Claesson MJ, Tangney M, Bartley DJ. ISME J. 2019 Nov;13(11):2664-2680. doi: 10.1038/s41396-019-0462-4. Epub 2019 Jun 25. PMID: 31239540
In situ biomolecule production by bacteria; a synthetic biology approach to medicine. Flores Bueso Y, Lehouritis P, Tangney M. J Control Release. 2018 Apr 10;275:217-228. doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2018.02.023. Epub 2018 Feb 22. PMID: 29477351
Synthetic Biology in the Driving Seat of the Bioeconomy. Flores Bueso Y, Tangney M. Trends Biotechnol. 2017 May;35(5):373-378. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2017.02.002. Epub 2017 Feb 27. PMID: 28249675
Assessment of HPV infection among female university students in Honduras via Roche linear array. Ferrera A, Tábora N, Flores Y, Zelaya A, Massuger L, Melchers WJ. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2011 May;113(2):96-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2010.11.016. Epub 2011 Feb 22. PMID: 21345434