PhD in Plant biotechnology with more than ten years of experience in molecular biology handling proteomic, genomic and transcriptomic techniques.
Up to now my research work has been mainly focused on different demanding topics within forest biotechnology: phytoremediation, biomass production, tree breeding selection, abiotic stress tolerance and plant propagation through somatic embryogenesis. During my postdoctoral training at SLU I also gained knowledge in statistical analyses and bioinformatics tools for sequencing data analysis.
I am passionate about applied science and I am always looking for opportunities to continue learning and acquiring new skills.
|2014||PhD, Plant Biotechnology||Universidad Politécnica de Madrid|
|2008||Research Proficiency Award: DEA||Forestry School of Madrid|
|2007||MSc, Biotechnology and Genetic Resources of Plants and their Associated Microorganisms, Agronomy and Forestry Schools of Madrid - Program with the Excellence Award of the Department of Education of Spain’s Government||Universidad Politécnica de Madrid|
|2002||BSc, School of Environmental Sciences||University of Cordoba|
|Postdoctoral Researcher||August 2014 – November 2016||SLU, Uppsala|
Working within the framework of the EU project ProCoGen.
Responsible for experimental design and conducting the experiments of the ProCoGen project focused on identifying relevant processes and transcripts involved in embryo development in Scots pine by using transcriptomic and genetic tools. Supervising and article writing.
|Research scientist||February 2013 – April 2014||UPM, Madrid|
Working within the framework of the EU project BIOXISOIL. “New approach to soil remediation by combining biological and chemical oxidation processes”.
Responsible for selecting tree species for phytoremediation of the polluted area by performing different trial assays in greenhouses. Plantation design. Contacting plant nurseries and supervision of the plantation on-site. Sampling collection, data analyses and results report writing.
|Research scientist||September 2010 - January 2013||UPM, Madrid|
Working on different collaboration R&D innovation projects between the Polytechnic University of Madrid and several Spanish forestry companies.
Responsible for conducting experiments within the research project aimed to improved growth and biomass production in poplar, and for the supervision of technicians, master and undergraduate students to carry out other research projects of the group.
|PhD fellow||September 2006 – September 2010||UPM, Madrid|
Working on my Thesis project. Using molecular, biochemical and bioinformatics tools to identify and functionally characterize major stress proteins in poplar and economically important species.
Others responsibilities include day-to-day management of the laboratory, ordering new equipment and consumables, contributing to the teaching of new methods and protocols to others PhD and undergraduate students.
|Research internship||March 2005 – September 2006||UPM, Madrid|
Working on a collaboration project between the Polytechnic University of Madrid and the forestry company Bosques Naturales, S.A.
Responsible for conducting the experiments to analyse the accumulation of stress proteins to be used as markers for the company tree breeding selection program.
|ISO 9001 quality manager||February 2004 – February 2005||Córdoba, Spain|
Working on the implementation of a Quality Management System (QMS) according to the requirements of ISO 9001:2000 in three different small organizations.
XI Competition of Business Ideas ACTUA-UPM. “Increasing sustainability and efficiency of bioenergy production with forest plantations” (2014). Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain.
|In vitro culture||Plant cell culture, plant tissue culture, callus culture, shoot induction, somatic embryogenesis.|
|Proteins||Protein extraction and quantification, SDS-PAGE (1-D, 2-D), Western blotting, ELISA, enzyme assays, Bradford assay, recombinant protein expression.|
|Molecular biology||Analysis of nucleic acids (extraction, purification, quantification and gel electrophoresis). cDNA synthesis and amplification. cDNA libraries construction and screening. Southern and Northern blotting. Gene cloning. PCR. Restriction enzyme digestion.|
|Transcriptomic||RNA extraction and quantification. qRT-PCR. RNA-seq data analyses.|
|Microbiology||Aseptic and sterile techniques, media preparation, bacterial cell culture, competent cells preparation, bacterial transformation (Escolar and A.tumefaciens), cell stress assays.|
|Transgenic||Biolistic transformation, Agrobacterium-mediated plant transformation (Arabidopsis thaliana, hybrid poplar and Norway spruce).|
|Microscopy||Light microscopy, stereomicroscope.|