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New Synbion Website
A new website for the Synbion Network is here. Synbion is a network of synthetic biologists interested in engineering novel metabolic pathways and making nanoscale biological devices.

Synthetic biology MRes
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Maria Francisca Villegas-Torres

Background

1st year PhD student. Biochemical Engineering Department at University College London (2009-2012) in Biochemical Engineering
Professional Researcher at CSIC Granada-Spain (2008) in the study of gene regulation and protein function
Founder of AIQUYM S.A. an environmental Consulting Company in Bogota-Colombia (2006-to date)
MSc at Centro de Investigaciones Microbiologicasl (CIMIC), Universidad de Los Andes Bogota-Colombia (2007), Research programme in Molecular-Environmental Microbiology

Research Interests

To date in my career, I have combined business with scientific experience in related fields with the aim to develop an expertise in Biotechnology. I am very interested in applied research, particularily industrial or environmental applications such as pharmaceutical production, bioremediation processes and biopolymer synthesis. I strongly believe that after my PhD, I will be in a position to apply the knowledge I have acquired towards the start up of biotechnological companies in Latin America.