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Isabel Natalia Sierra

Isabel Natalia Sierra

Assistant Researcher




Research interests

Metabolic and phylogenetic diversity of microbial communities in natural and man-made environments
Microbial capabilities for biodegradation & biorremediation
Extremophiles
Rhizosphere and endosphere microbiology of halophytes
Plant growth promoting bacteria and stress responses
Metagenomics & bioinformatic data analysis
Petroleum microbiology
Environmental and applied microbiology

Academic degrees

2011 - 2016 - Ph.D. Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil
2009- 2011 - M.Sc. Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil
2002- 2008 - B.Sc. (Hons) - Biology, Industrial University of Santander (UIS), Colombia

Scientific activities

POSITIONS
- 06/2019 - PRESENT, Researcher at University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

- 02/2019 - 06/2019 Associate Professor at Unidades Tecnologicas de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia

- 2018 - PRESENT, Executive Director & Co-Founder at Mind the Microbes Foundation, Colombia

- 2017 - 2018, Researcher at São Paulo State University Julio de Mesquita Filho in agreement with Microbial Resource Division (DRM/CPQBA/UNICAMP), Brazil

- 2011 - 2016 - PhD student - FAPESP Fellow at Laboratory of Microbial Resources Division (DRM), Research Center for Chemistry, Biology and Agriculture (CPQBA), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

- 04/2014 - 03/2015 - PhD internship at School of Civil Engineering and Geoscience, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

- 2009 - 2011 - MSc. student -Petrobras Fellow at Laboratory of Microbial Resources Division (DRM), Research Center for Chemistry, Biology and Agriculture (CPQBA), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

- 10/2006 - 12/2007 - Undergraduate researcher at Laboratory of Biologic control, Biological Research Corporation (CIB), National University of Colombia, Colombia

Others

AWARDS
-2013 - Petrobras technology award. Engenheiro Antonio Seabra Moggi – 6th edition.
-2008- Honour CUM LAUDE, Biology Universidad Industrial de Santander. 2008

TRAINING
-2019- Advanced course on Data Analysis using R
-2018 - School: São Paulo School of Advanced Methane Science. FAPESP. São Paulo, Brazil
-2018 - Course: Systems Biology for a sustainable bioeconomy: principles and applications. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Medellin, Colombia
-2016 - Workshop: Microbial Genomics & Metagenomics - IMG user. DOE Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, USA
-2014 - Symposium: Novel Anaerobes. Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
-2013 - Workshop: Bioinformatics in the study of microbial communities, University of São Paulo – ESALQ-USP, Piracicaba, Brazil
-2012 - Course: Advances in bioinformatics tools for the analysis of High Throughput Omics Data. University of Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile
-2010 - Course: Metagenomic analysis for Next Generation Sequencing Data. National Laboratory for Scientific Computing – LNCC, Petropolis, Brazil
-2010 -Workshop: III workshop on biodegradation and biorremediation. EMBRAPA Meio Ambiente, Campinas, Brazil
-2009 - Course: International training course on fungal genomics. National Laboratory of Genomics for Bioiversity, LANGEBIO/CINVESTAV, Irapuato, Mexico
-2010 - Course: Environmental biocatalysis. EMBRAPA Meio Ambiente, Jaguariuna, Brazil
-2007 - Course: Studies in microbial diversity and bioprospection. Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia
-2007 - Symposium: Latin American Symposium on biodeterioration and biodegradation. 6-labs. Bogotá, Colombia

Publications

Projects

RhizoMiS - Redesigning the rhizosphere microbiome of Salicornia for exploitation of bioproducts and improvement of bioprocesses See more

Scientific Supervision


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