I am Patricia, and I work as a post-doc in the SEM group developing new strategies for the production of halogenated building blocks designing cell factories based on Pseudomonas putida.
I studied a B.Sc. in Biotechnology, as well as a M.Sc. in Industrial, Environmental and Food Biotechnology in the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville (Spain). While I was finishing my studies, I worked in the laboratory of Prof. Fernando Govantes in the Andalusian Development Biology Center, trying to unravel the genetic relationship between biofilm dispersal and the stringent response in the environmental bacterium Pseudomonas putida. In 2013, the years of experience working with P. putida granted me the opportunity to move to Copenhagen, Denmark, to complete a Ph.D. in Biotechnology in The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions grant, under the supervision of Prof. Alex T. Nielsen. During this period, my interest in P. putida shifted from genetic regulation to chemical production and the development of tools for establishing P. putida as a robust cell factory. In 2017, I started working as a post-doctoral fellow in Pablo’s group, engineering P. putida to produce organofluorines.