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Research Interests

My research interests encompass fine chemicals and platform chemical production as well as pollution abatement in gas streams using biological processes (biofiltration). In my research, I combine experimental information with different forms of modeling, parameter estimation and optimization to answer research questions spanning from the improvement of microbial strains to the optimization of entire chemical and biochemical plants. As a member of the Green Technologies Research Group at Universidad de los Andes (Gtech), my research is concentrated in two experimental systems. Firstly, the production of hydroxy acids and polymers in bacteria, especially those consuming a mixture of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide. We have been working with Azohydromonas lata, Ralstonia eutropha and other bacteria that can accumulate PHB and its monomer, the chiral (R)-3-hydroxybutyric acid. Secondly, the use of bacteria and fungi for the abatement of airborne pollutants, especially VOCs (in collaboration).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • TP Chemical technology
  • Biochemical engineering
  • Process engineering
  • Genetic engineering
  • Systems biology

Open Keywords

  • Polyhydroxybutyrate
  • Genetic engineering
  • Gas substrate fermentation
  • Fermentation
  • System Biology


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