ESR1: Javier Varela

University College Cork

Education: BSc and MSc in Biochemistry from Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago, Chile.
Principal skills: basic biochemical and molecular biology lab training; genome assembly and annotation.
Project: Carbon utilisation, metabolic flux and growth control in Kluyveromyces marxianus.

ESR2: Matthias Eder

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique

Education: BSc and MSc in Molecular Biotechnology from Bielefeld University, Germany.
Principal skills: applied molecular genetics, cell culture techniques, protein purification and glycoproteomics.
Project: Deciphering the genetic and metabolic basis of yeast aroma properties.

ESR3: Nurzhan Kuanyshev
Università degli Studi di

Education: BSc in Biotechnology from Innovative University of Eurasia, Pavlodar, Kazakhstan and MSc in Food Science from University of Illinois, USA.
Principal skills: Yeast biology, molecular biology and genetics.
Project: Development of the stress tolerant yeast Zygosaccharomyces bailii for sustainable bulk and fine chemical production.

Leonie Wenning
ESR4: Leonie Wenning

Chalmers University of Technology

Education: BSc in Biology and MSc in Biotechnology from Westphalian-Wilhelms University Münster, Germany.
Principal skills: Isolation, purification and characterization of enzymes, fermentation of bacteria.
Project: Development of a yeast platform for exhaustive utilization of carbon from lignocellulose.

Manuela Gottardi
ESR5: Manuela Gottardi
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Education: BSc in Biotechnology and Msc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology from the University of Bologna, Italy.
Principal skills: Baculovirus expression systems, DNA methylation, bacterial fermentation, immunofluorescence and western blot analysis.
Project:Reprogramming Saccharomyces cerevisiae for the production of biotechnological important chemical precursors.

Anna Karolina Malak
ESR6: Anna Malak
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics
and Crop Plant Research

Education: BSc and MSc in Biotechnology from Wrocław University of Technology, Poland.
Principal skills: nuclear magnetic resonance, metabolomics, PCR, electrophoresis.
Project: Engineering Arxula adeninivorans to produce commodity chemicals.

Ângela Carvalho
ESR7: Ângela Carvalho

Education: BSc in Clinical Analysis and Public Health from the Polytechnic Institute of Porto and MSc in Molecular Genetics from the University of Minho, Portugal.
Principal skills: genetics, cell biology, gene expression, post-transcriptional regulation and molecular biology.
Project: Production of specialised fatty acids in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

ESR8: Raúl Ortiz
University College Dublin

Education: BSc in Basic Biomedical Research and MSc in Biochemical Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City.
Principal Skills: Molecular microbiology, computational biology, bioinformatics, genetic analysis methods and signal transduction.
Project: Automated genome annotation, structural validation, and metabolic modelling in NextGen sequences of industrial yeasts.

Anja Brickwedde
ESR9: Anja Brickwedde
Delft University of Technology

Education: BSc and MSc in Environmental and Industrial Biology from the University of Applied Sciences Bremen, Germany.
Principal skills: metabolic engineering, fermentation molecular biology and fungal biotechnology.
Project: Linking genetics to physiology to develop improved selection tools for lager yeast.

David Ferreira
ESR10: David Ferreira

Education: BSc in Biology and MSc in Applied Microbiology from the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Principal skills: flow cytometry, physiological and molecular characterization of industrial yeasts, adaptation and stress responses during wine fermentation.
Project: Stress resistance during wine fermentation and development of optimised wine yeasts.

ESR11: Frederico Magalhães
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Education: BSc in Biotechnological Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal and MSc in Bioengineering from the University of Minho, Portugal.
Principal Skills: molecular biology, proteomics and transcriptomics, metabolic engineering and strain development for production of recombinant proteins.
Project: Harnessing heterosis: enhancing industrial yeast functionality through interspecific hybridization.

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