Lorena Fernández-Cabezón Post-doctoral Researcher

Metabolic engineer fascinated by the design and construction of the next-generation microbial cell factories for the efficient bio-manufacture of chemicals.

About Me

I received my B.Sc. in Biotechnology from the University of León (2006-2011; León, Spain) and my M.Sc. in Advanced Biotechnology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2011-2012; Barcelona, Spain). Then, I obtained my Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine from the Complutense University of Madrid (2013-2017). During my Ph.D. thesis at the Biological Research Centre (CIB-CSIC, Madrid), I studied catabolic pathways involved in steroid degradation using Mycobacterium smegmatis mc2155 as model bacterium. The knowledge gathered from these pathways allowed us to create genetically-modified strains for the production of steroidal compounds of pharmaceutical interest, as well as to explore the creation of new bacterial pathways for de novo steroid biosynthesis. During the last ten years, I have been involved in very diverse research projects in biotechnology, both in academia and in industry. These training and working experiences have allowed me to develop a strong background in general microbiology and in genetic manipulation of several microorganisms (Pichia pastoris, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Escherichia coli, Corynebacterium glutamicum, and Mycobacterium sp.). Since my Ph.D. dissertation, I have been working at the SEM group at The Novo Nordisk Centre for Biosustainability, funded by two European post-doctoral fellowships (H. C. Ørsted post-doctoral fellowship and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship), adding Pseudomonas putida to my list of favourite microorganisms.