"Hello, I am Dr. Ignacio Poblete-Castro, an Assistant Professor and Group Leader of the Biosystems Engineering Lab at the Center for Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology that belongs to Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile. The main focus of our research group is to engineer and use environmental bacteria displaying a high metabolic versatility and resistant to stress factors for the production of valuable chemicals using waste or low-cost feedstocks. In this context, I am carrying a research stay for one month at the iSBio to work in the synthesis of biopolymers using lignin-derivative aromatic compounds as carbon substrates in engineered Pseudomonas putida strains. Given the expertise developed over the years by the iSBio in 13C metabolic flux analysis, we are also working on the elucidation of the in vivo carbon flux distribution during bioplastic formation on glucose. It is a great experience to meet so many enthusiastic and skilled Ph.D. students and senior scientists, excelling in rational pathway engineering and bioprocessing for improving bio-based chemical production, which altogether contributes to building a more sustainable society."
"Let’s create new bags to tackle the plastic problem by applying systems biotechnology!".