The CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) is Spain’s largest public research institution, and ranks 3rd as Europe’s largest research organizations. CSIC is attached to the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness through the State Secretariat for Research, Development and Innovation. CSIC has 4 main missions:
– to foster multidisciplinary scientific and technological research.
– knowledge transfer to industry and society.
– education and training of scientific and technical staff.
– creation of technology based companies.
CSIC carries out research in all fields of knowledge: Humanities and Social Sciences, Biology and Biomedicine, Natural Resources, Agricultural Sciences, Physical Science and Technologies, Materials Science and Technology, Food Science and Technology, Chemical Science and Technology. The Biological Research Centre (CIB) belongs to CSIC and at its Department of Microbial and Plant Biotechnology is devoted to advance the understanding on how living organisms, plants, animals and microorganisms, interact and respond to their environment. Especially the group of Polymer Biotechnology works in the production of new materials including the second generation functionalized PHA with new properties (e.g. anti-microbial), and susceptible to chemical modification after its biosynthesis.
Role in Sinfonia
Establishing fluoropolymer production in P. putida, optimization of synthetic pfha modules in recombinant strains, preliminary characterization of physicochemical properties of C4- and C6-PFHA
Key people involved and expertise
Dr. M. Auxiliadora Prieto (female). Group leader; leading role in engineering PHA production in Pseudomonas, main inventor of 5 international patents related to biopolymer production, 3 of them licensed to Biotech SMEs dedicated to production of bioplastics.