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

OmschrijvingExterne medewerker
OrganisatieDepartement Agrotechnologie en Voedingswetenschappen
Reguliere werkdagen
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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. 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 897284. 




  • Autotrophic Microbes-based Bio-refInery: Generating value out of CO2 and CO EliminaTion: AMBIENT

Cell factories based on the use of CO2 and CO are scarcely implemented in today’s industry due to the lack of cost-effectiveness. Moreover, the simultaneous biotransformation of both gases into valuable compounds has been completely disregarded in research. Using metagenomic databases, we have found microorganisms that have the genes to potentially use both gases simultaneously, and transform them into metabolites with a very high profit-value. AMBIENT aims to demonstrate, from a fundamental and technical perspective, the first proof-of-concept of a novel biotechnology based on the production of ectoines (1800 €-kg-1) using CO2 as carbon source and CO as energy source.


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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