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Dr. Juan F. Martín is Professor of Microbiology at the University of León (Spain). He graduated in Chemistry and did his PhD thesis on fungal microbial biochemistry at the University of Salamanca (Spain) in 1971. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology (1971–1974) Rutgers University, New Jersey (USA) and in 1974 moved to the M.I.T. (Department of Food Science) at Boston, Mass (USA) working with Prof. Arnold L. Demain. After returning to Spain with a tenure position at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) he got a position as Professor at the University of Salamanca and in 1980 a Professor tenure at the University of León. He founded in 1991 the Institute of Biotechnology of León (INBIOTEC) and directed it until 2011. His field of expertise is centered in microbial genetics and biochemistry, particularly in fungi, Streptomyces and Corynebacteria. He is author of 460 scientific publications and review articles and serves as member of the editorial board of several scientific journals. In 1999 was awarded with the ARIMA prize by the IUMS.
Carlos García-Estrada received his Bachelor degree in Veterinary Sciences from the University of León (Spain, 1998) and obtained his DPhil from the same University in 2003. During this period, he completed his professional training at the National Center for Natural Products Research, University of Mississippi, MS, USA (2002). Subsequently he started his postdoctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Juan-Francisco Martín at the Institute of Biotechnology (INBIOTEC), León, Spain, where he worked with fungal secondary metabolism. He completed his postdoctoral stage at the Department of Eukaryotic Microbiology, Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, University of Groningen, Haren, The Netherlands (2005). Currently, he is the Head of the Biopharma and Biomedicine Area at INBIOTEC and combines this activity with a position as associate professor at the University of León (Spain). His research interests center on the biosynthesis of antibiotics and other secondary metabolites by fungi.
Ricardo V. Ullán
Ricardo Vicente Ullán received his Bachelor degree in Biology Sciences from the University of Salamanca (Spain, 1995) and obtained his PhD from the University of León in 2002. He started his postdoctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Juan-Francisco Martín at the University of León, Spain, where he worked on the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites by fungi. He completed his postdoctoral stage at the Universities of Manchester (United Kingdom) and Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Currently, he is the Head of the Environmental Area at the Institute of Biotechnology (INBIOTEC) and Associate Professor at the University of León (Spain). His research interests are focused on the Environmental Biotechnology.
Published Online: 2013-02-06
Published in Print: 2013-04-01