My scientific career has been determined by a growing interest in Industrial Biotechnology, particularly focused in the sustainable production of biopolymers from natural wastes. After graduation in Applied Chemistry (2005), I joined the Enersis Company as a technical researcher to develop the production of a bacterial polymer using the byproduct of biodiesel and other industrial wastes. The technological value of the biopolymer developed was confirmed by the corresponding license to company 73100 Renewable Energy Innovation patents. The results were reported in scientific articles and included in my master's thesis in Biotechnology (2007). Simultaneously, I supported an international cooperation with the Federal University of Santa Catarina which aimed the bioproduction, extraction and characterization of biopolyesters (polyhydroxyalkanoates).
I was awarded with a PhD grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology (2009-2013) with the aim to evaluate the microbial production of biopolymers from cheese whey in FCT-UNL and CIB (Spain).
Theoretical and technical concepts in the disciplines of microbiology, biochemistry, microbial genetics, process technology, bioprocess engineering were consolidated in this period with a specialization in biopolymers production and their characterization. The business environment has encouraged other specific capabilities that complement and add value to the research activity, emphasizing a quick read and critique the technical feasibility of a bioprocess. The work developed during my Master and PhD research has resulted in several publications international peer reviewed journal.
In March in 2014 I joined AEM team in ITQB where I am pursuing a complex and interesting aspects of antimicrobial biopolymers, in particular of functional biomaterials solely composed by plant polyester (suberin and cutin) that perfectly mimic the barrier properties of these lipid polymers in plants.