Meet the MetaFluidics Team! (Episode 3)

Today, let’s introduce Dr. Paloma Pizarro-Tobías, from Partner Bio-Iliberis R&D (Spain)

Paloma Pizarro-Tobías is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Bio-Iliberis, Granada, Spain, a BIO CSIC spin-off company that develops advanced biotechnological solutions for environmental restoration and the efficient removal of pollutants from soils and waters based on ultraresistant microorganisms. Paloma carries out research in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Metagenomics and Biotechnology. Let’s find out more about her and her experience with MetaFluidics in this latest “Meet the MetaFluidics team” interview!

  • What exactly are you working on?

At the moment, I’m working on the characterization of the enzymes from metagenomic libraries, for thermoresistance, optimum temperature and assessing their substrate affinity.

  • What would you like to accomplish in the future?

I’d love to continue to work in science, no matter the area or topic, anything related to science would be a dream job. Also I would like to have more time for developing other interests and hobbies, like design and traveling.

  • Have you gained any additional skills through MetaFluidics?

Of course. I had a background in microbiology, fundamentally, and thanks to my participation in Metafluidics, I have been able to develop my skills in molecular biology, specifically in metagenomics. I’ve been able to optimize DNA extraction protocols from complex samples, learn how to overcome issues when constructing libraries and performing screenings with these kinds of samples, and right now to characterize the resulting positive hits.

  • A more personal question now… If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring and why?

My husband and my dog, for obvious reasons, but I think they count only as one, as they are my family pack ;), the complete works of Philip K. Dick in order to allow me to travel to other dimensions if needed, and last, but not least, a whole load of SPF 50.

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