Linda Guamán B.

I would describe myself as someone passionate about using bacteria as cell factories. I have experience in engineering Prokaryotes using synthetic biology and metabolic engineering approaches. With emphasis in using biomass and different renewable carbon sources to produce high value compounds. As a researcher, I have worked collaborating in multicultural teams. For my PhD thesis I improved xylose uptake and P3HB accumulation in B. sacchari, aiming to use the xylose from sugarcane bagasse to

produce P3HB, a biopolymer which can replace plastic made from petroleum. I also collaborated in engineering E. coli to produce branch chain fatty acids, which are similar to the molecules from gasoline, jet fuel and diesel, during my internship at Washington University in St. Louis. Currently I am working in the Technical University of Ambato in Ecuador aiming to create a Synthethic Biology team to represent Ecuador in the next IGEM competition.