Marcos Valenzuela Ortega

MVprofile_170*130PhD student

Project title: Development of novel methods for high throughput screening of recombinant constructs for conversion of cellulosic biomass to useful products.

Year Description
2016 – Present PhD student, University of Edinburgh, UK.
2014 – 2016 Research Assistant, Ingenza, Edinburgh, UK.
2013 – 2014 Internship, University of Birmingham, UK.
2009 – 2013 BSc in Biotechnology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

Personal note: Hello, I am Marcos. My project aims to find lignocellulose-degrading enzymes using new high-throughput screening methods. This is a very interesting topic because it means we could use an abundant and renewable resource to produce biofuels or chemical feedstocks (and replace petrol some day?).

I got my BSc in Biotechnology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2013. After that I spent a year in Birmingham where I did an internship in the lab of Prof. Jeff Cole thanks the Leonardo Da Vinci programme. The following two years I have been working as Research Assistant in Ingenza, a biotech company based in Roslin, involved in a project to develop a new metabolic pathway in E. coli to generate a non-natural product of industrial interest.