Zoek medewerkers/organisaties S Cantera Ruiz de Pellon PhD MSc
Naam S Cantera Ruiz de Pellon PhD MSc

OrganisatieDepartement Agrotechnologie en Voedingswetenschappen
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I am a PhD in Environmental Engineering with a background in microbiology and molecular biology. My research focuses on developing new alternatives to increase the efficiency of methane treatment.To this end, I adopt a multidisciplinary approach that combines three different perspectives: from a chemical engineering point of view, I design and operate advanced bioreactors that provide better methane solubility and transference. From a biological point of view, I study the effect of different culture conditions on the microbial kinetics and bacterial population with the aim of finding more robust and more effective treatments. Finally, from a biotechnological point of view, I investigate possible paths towards the bioconversion of residues, such as methane, into valuable products.


Onderzoeker ID's

  • Exploring new halo-autotrophic pathways for the development of a novel cost-effective dual methane and carbon dioxide elimination technology: ENHANCEMENT

In its climate and energy policy framework for 2030, the EU has set a target of reducing emissions to 40 % below 1990 levels by 2030. Methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions represent approximately 90% of the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, and their share is expected to increase due to their industrial and organic-based nature as well as the increasing world population. The EU-funded ENHANCEMENT project will develop a friendly biotechnological strategy to convert CH4 and CO2 into the most expensive compound produced by microorganisms: ectoine. Thus, in this project, bacteria will be used to transform the two most important GHGs into compounds with a high market value. This interdisciplinary investigation will assist the EU to achieve its emission reduction targets.

  • Climate change mitigation through novel halo-autotrophic pathways: CLIMATIC

This project aims to set a new strategy to eliminate CH4 and CO2 emissions based on the bioconversion of both GHGs into microbial molecules with a high retail value in the market, such as ectoines. This novel approach will offer a cost-competitive solution for the mitigation of their anthropogenic laden streams and will open the doors to a new market based in the transformation of waste through cell factories.




Educational Background

  • Oct 2014- Jul 2018 PhD in Environmental Engineering. University of Valladolid (Spain).Cum-Laude and International mention (2018).Awarded with the prize for the best PhD thesis in Experimental Science of Spain by the Royal Academy of Doctors (2019).
  • Sep 2011- Sep 2012 MSc. in Applied Microbiology. Autónoma University of Madrid (Spain). Final project: Awarded with honors. Final record: 3.2 (Record 3 is excellent and 4 cum laude).
  • Sep 2005- Sep 2010 BSc. in Biology + MSc. in Molecular Biology. Autónoma University of Madrid (Spain).Final project: Awarded with honors. Final record: 2.9 (record 2 is above average and 3 excellent).


Research Appointments

  • Oct 2020- present Post-doctoral MSCA fellow. MSCA-IF, European Commission 2020. Lab. of Microbiology. Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
  • Oct 2019- Oct 2020 Post-doctoral guest researcher. “Ramon Areces” post-doctoral fellow. Lab. of Microbiology. Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
  • Feb 2019- Sep 2019 Post-doctoral visitant researcher. SIAM talent grant. Lab. of Microbiology. Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
  • Sep 2018-Dec 2018 Post-doctoral fellow. IMFAHE Excellence Fellowship. Dept. of Microbiology. Cornell University, USA.
  • Sep 2016-Dec 2016 Pre-doctoral international stay. Dept. of Microbiology. Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
  • Oct 2014-Jul 2018 JCyL pre-doctoral fellow. Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology. Valladolid University, Spain.
  • Jan 2014-Oct 2014 Advanced researcher. Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology. Valladolid University, Spain.
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