Summary

Biologist specializing in yeast biotechnology, with extensive knowledge of molecular biology techniques, biochemistry and cellular biology applied to yeasts, including transcriptomics and corresponding data analysis.

I am very committed to my work and have a considerable capacity for acquiring knowledge. I am confident about undertaking new challenges and strive to achieve my goals, seeing the positive in every obstacle that may arise.

I combined my academic studies with active participation in public relations events for various companies through which I developed skills in organization, communication, teamwork, assertiveness, negotiation, diplomacy and persuasion. I have also worked part-time as a bartender.

 

Work History

Work History

Jan 2011 - Nov 2014

Ph.D. Biotechnology

Institute of Agrochemical and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC), Spain.


- I completed all my projects on time, which contributed towards successful grant renewal and yearly financial incentives on productivity in the lab.

- I helped cut costs and increased efficiency in the lab through the development and implementation of an inventory, and established partnerships with foreign laboratories.

- I supervised a Final Degree Project in Biotechnology (University of Valencia), which obtained a rating of 'Outstanding', and I also taught and supervised a number of undergraduate students.


Practical skills gained during my Ph.D. studies:

- Extensive use of molecular biology techniques: Western-blot analysis, PCR and electrophoresis, DNA and RNA extraction, cloning and mutation in yeast and bacteria, flow cytometry, electron and fluorescence microscopy, enzymatic techniques, fluorescence anisotropy, plasmid technology and DNA sequencing.

- Sterile microbiological techniques for the maintenance and growth of bacterial and yeast cell cultures.

- Image analysis techniques, processing and digital image quantification.

- Statistics.

- Transcriptomic analysis using microarrays.

- Writing project reports and the preparation of manuscripts.

- Poster presentations and oral communications at scientific conferences.

Jul 2010 - Dec 2010

Contracted research assistant

Institute of Agrochemical and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC), Spain.

- Use and transcriptome analysis using DNA microarrays in Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains.


Jul 2008 - Aug 2008

Fellowship (1 month)

Hospital universitario Dr. Peset

- Practical experience in the clinical microbiology department: isolation and identification of microorganisms using selective media, and the use of Syphilis and Salmonella tests.

Education

Education
Feb 2016 - Dec 2016

Master in Project Management

La Salle BCN

Master ranked as the 5th best Masters in Spain on Engineering and project management sector and among the top 35 in Europe according to the Eduniversal Rankin 2015-2016. Whose program is divided into three major areas:

- Project Area:
         Project Management (5 ECTS)
         Integrated Project Management (5 ECTS)
         Project Management in Business (5 ECTS)
         Frameworks Project Management (5 ECTS)
         Master Final Project (10 ECTS)
- Company Area
         Management (5 ECTS)
         Cost Management and Investment Analysis (5 ECTS)
         Management Skills (5 ECTS)
  Further -area
         Projects Pharma BioTech (5 ECTS)
         Lean Management (5 ECTS)
         Agile Project Management (5 ECTS)

Jan 2011 - Nov 2014

Ph.D. Biotechnology

University of Valencia

My Doctoral Thesis, conducted at the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC), was focused on comparative genomics among Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentative strains using microarrays technology to elucidate adaptive differences under ethanol stress and the study of the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) under ethanol stress in Saccharomyces genus.

2009 - 2010

Master´s Degree (M. Sc.) in Molecular, Cell Biology and Genetics

University of Valencia

During my M.Sc. I collaborated in the 'Systems Biology in Yeasts of Biotechnological Interest' group of the IATA-CSIC, led by Dr. Amparo Querol, in which I carried out my Master´s thesis entitled "Transcriptomic study of a Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain isolated from a fermentative environment under ethanol stress". Once finished, I obtained a four year state fellowship (FPU) to do research for my doctoral thesis in the same laboratory.

2001 - 2009

B.Sc. (Honours) Degree in  Biology

University of Valencia

During my undergraduate studies I focused on microbiology and genetics and worked as a research assistant in the laboratory of 'The microbiology of winemaking (Enolab)' of the University of Valencia. I also obtained a summer grant to work in the department of 'Clinical and Translational Research in Cancer' (Hospital La Fe, Valencia, Spain).



Skills

Skills

Communication and public speaking:

Both at work and at university I developed oral communication skills through debates, seminars and poster presentations at conferences. I am continually enhancing this skill through courses and seminars.


Diplomacy and poise

I consider myself to be an open-minded, courteous and empathetic person. These qualities were important in the public relations work I did for several companies, during which I received an award for customer acquisition.

Disciplined, focused and commitment to excellence

I am very enthusiastic and methodical in my work, making sure that each stage of a procedure is done properly and taking full advantage of the results obtained. I am not satisfied with mediocrity.

High resilience

My years of doctoral thesis research provided me with valuable experience including the ability to circumvent obstacles and overcome difficulties by seeing them as new challenges.

Motivation and ambition:

I have a strong motivation to succeed. I was able to balance work, study and dance lessons while at university, demonstrating good organizational skills, responsibility, discipline and the achievement of objectives.

In addition to the above, I obtained a summer scholarship to work during the summer holidays in the hospital La Fe (Valencia, Spain) as an intern to develop myself and my laboratory skills.

I also undertook a course on coaching and motivation, the knowledge and positive attitudes of which helped me in the supervision of several students who were assigned to me during my Ph.D., as well as stimulating my colleagues.

Organizational:

During my Ph.D. I instigated inventory and management tasks in the lab in order to promote more efficient use of resources, and I also organised regular group meetings to increase awareness and solve problems related to the research and day-to-day running of the lab.

Problem solving and self-learning

My doctoral studies have taught me to deal with problems and make decisions. As a result I successfully completed my projects and opened new lines of research. My greatest pride in these last years has been to become self-sufficient and solve problems for myself quickly and effectively.

Recognition And Awards

FPU Predoctoral Fellowship (Ph.D) from Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (FPU grant ref. AP2009-0787)

This scholarship (four years) is awarded based on a candidate's academic success during his/her Bachelor degree and the quality of the research group chosen for the Ph.D. thesis.

FEMS Young Scientist Meeting Grant (YSMG)

I was awarded a FEMS Young Scientist Meeting Grant (YSMG) that enabled me to attend the FEMS meeting: 'Comparative Genomics of Eukaryotic Microorganisms: Understanding the Complexity of Diversity', held in Sant Feliu de Guixols (Spain) in the period 15 October to 20 October 2011.

Scholarship-Collaboration Dr. Pascual Gilabert Bolufer

I obtained this fellowship during the final year of my Bachelor's degree and it allowed me to work in the group of Clinical and Translational Research in Cancer led by Dra. Victoria Castel at the Hospital La Fe (Valencia, Spain) during the summer holidays (2009).

General grant for university studies from Spanish Government


Poster Presentations and Oral Communications

Poster presentations:

- 1. The 13th International Congress on Yeast (ICY). Madison Wisconsin, USA. 26-30 August 2012.
Poster presentation “Genome-wide DNA microarray analysis reveals novel candidate genes for ethanol tolerance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae".

- 2. Comparative genomics of eukaryotic microorganisms: understanding the complexity of diversity. Sant Feliu de Guixols, Girona, Spain. 15 - 20 October 2011.

Poster presentation "Transcriptome analysis reveals novel candidate genes for ethanol tolerance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae".


Oral communications in lab meetings:

- Relationship between the content of inositol in S. cerevisiae and response to unfolded proteins (UPR) under   ethanol stress (2014). Conferences on advances in enological  biotechnology (La Rioja, Spain).

- UPR pathway activation under ethanol  stress in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (2014). Institute of Agrochemical anf Food Technology (IATA-CSIC, Paterna, Spain).

- Adaptive evolution of ethanol tolerance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains (2012). Conferences on advances in enological  biotechnology (IATA-CSIC, Paterna, Spain).

- Mechanisms of ethanol tolerance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (2011). Institute of Agrochemical and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC, Paterna, Spain).

   

Relevant Courses



  • Statistics for researchers (2015). Six weeks online course, University of Salamanca, Spain.

         Summary measures (mean, standard error). Analysis of the relationship between two quantitative variables (Pearson correlation coefficient, regression coefficient). Analysis of the relationship between two qualitative variables (Chi square) and analysis of the relationship between a qualitative and a quantitative (Student t test, Mann Whitney, Wilcoxon).

  • Cell cultures (2015). 25 hours. Online course, General Foundation of the University of Málaga, Spain.

         Importance of cell cultures, advantages and uses. Origin, initiation, evolution and types of cultures. The laboratory, equipment, material handling and aseptic techniques. Substrates used to culture animal cells. Sterilization. Obtaining primary cultures. Maintenance of cell lines. Types of culture. Subcultures. Isolation and selection of cell clones. Cryopreservation. Contamination. Dimensional cultures and large-scale.Practical assumptions based on videoprotocols. Legislation.

  • Communication as a tool for preventing psychosocial risk (2014). 10 hours face-to-face class. State Agency, Council for Scientific Research, Spain.

         The importance of communication, background and general aspects. Nonverbal communication. Social and communication skills. Active listening and empathy. Effective communication in the company. Internal and external communication. The teams and leadership. Nonverbal communication: The concept and importance of non-verbal communication. Barriers, conflicts and fears in communication. Rumors. The quality of communication in the company.

  • Image analysis techniques, processing and digital image quantification (2014). 30 hours face-to-face class. Transmitting Science, Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain.

                              http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/imag/analisis-imagen/


  • Adobe Illustrator CS5 (2013). 40 hours. Online course. CSIC, Spain.

      Introduction to Illustrator. Working with documents. Starting to draw. Drawing and editing paths. Working with colors. Transforming objects. Arranging objects. Advanced drawing. Add texts. Bitmap images. Special effects. Advanced work with colors. Meshes, symbols and perspective drawing. Create graphs. Designing for the web. Printing documents.

  • First aid (2012). 4 hours face-to-face class. State Agency, Council for Scientific Research, Spain.
  • Labor risk prevention (2011). 50 hours face-to-face class. State Agency, Council for Scientific Research, Spain.

    

Languages

Spanish (Native), Catalan (Native), English (Intermediate).

References

Roberto Pérez Ph. D.
Departamento de Biotecnología, Lab. 307
Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (IATA-CSIC)
Ave. Agustín Escardino 7, Paterna 46980 (Valencia-Spain)

Email: rober@iata.csic.es
Tel.: 96 390 00 22 Ext 2305

Sergi Puig Ph. D.
Departamento de Biotecnología, Lab. 309
Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (IATA-CSIC)
Ave. Agustín Escardino 7, Paterna 46980 (Valencia-Spain)

Email: spuig@iata.csic.es
Tel.: 96 390 00 22 Ext 2308

Amparo Querol Ph. D.
Departamento de Biotecnología, Lab. 307
Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (IATA-CSIC)
Ave. Agustín Escardino 7, Paterna 46980 (Valencia-Spain)

Email: aquerol@iata.csic.es
Tel.: 96 390 00 22 Ext 2306