Òscar Puiggené González Ph.D. Student

Environmental biotechnologist developing new ways to mitigate human-based effects on our planet and on the quest for a sustainable, bio-based circular economy.

About Me

I pursued Biotechnology as a B.Sc. at the University of Barcelona, and I graduated in Molecular and Cellular Biology in the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU) in Munich, Germany. Although I worked in many labs with different types of organisms along these years, bacteria attract me more for their versatility, easiness to handle and engineer, as well as their endless potential for a bio-based (circular) economy. During my Master’s Thesis I worked on microbial plastic degradation, from which I developed a strong motivation for research tackling environmental crises, such as the climate change or plastic pollution. Moreover, I also have had the pleasure to work on employing rhizobia for increased growth of leguminous plants, understanding E. coli's catabolism related to quorum sensing or delve into new transcriptional regulation methods in S. cerevisiae, among others. In 2021, I proudly joined the SEM group in order to pursue my Ph.D., which will encompass dramatically engineering the metabolism of Pseudomonas putida to grow on C1 compounds, such as formaldehyde and methanol.