PhD Student, 2021-2025
Laval University – Institute of integrative biology and systems (IBIS)
I received my bachelor’s degree in Agroindustrial Engineering at Chapingo Autonomous University a recognized agricultural university in Mexico and Latin America. I completed my dissertation project on the inhibitory effects of magnetic fields on Escherichia coli falling in love with microbiology and biotechnology. Later, I moved to the UK to pursue my master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh in Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology. My master’s degree dissertation was supervised by Prof. Christopher French (School of Biological Sciences) and involved the application of synthetic biology approaches to engineer Escherichia coli for second generation biofuel production. I am now undertaking a PhD in biochemistry under the supervision of Dr. Ahmad Saleh, my project aims at engineering microorganisms using synthetic biology tools to produce synthetic selenoneine in titers high enough for molecular purification and testing of activity, or for the engineered host to act as a direct source of selenoneine if supplied in the food of zebrafish to become part of its intestinal microbiota. My interest in working at the Abdel-Mawgoud Lab is that here we apply synthetic biology for pathway and genome engineering in microorganisms to develop high value products such as biomolecules, biofuels, biopolymers and pharmaceuticals. I am interested in synthetic biology, metabolic engineering and biotechnology to produce novel and industrially relevant compounds.