Name: Laura Garzón Flores
Position: PhD Student
I graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2021 with a BSc in Microbiology, and I am now pursuing an MSc in Biomedical Research at Pompeu Fabra University. During my Erasmus+ exchange at the University of Helsinki, I worked in the Laboratory of Structural Biology at the HiLFE Institute of Biotechnology. I focused on the recombinant production of antibodies in mammalian cells against the infamous SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. I also did an internship at UAB’s Systems Biology of Infection Laboratory, where I tested new antimicrobial peptides against a variety of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. I investigated the emergence of cross-tolerances and tested various heparin binding peptides as antibiotic substitutes. Moreover, I volunteered as an instructor for the global Tiny Earth® initiative, which aims to tackle antibiotic resistance by engaging high school students in antibiotic research. Currently, I am working on my master’s thesis at the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona (IBMB), where I am focusing on the recombinant production of a plant endopeptidase with remarkable sequence specificity and great potential for biomedicine and food industry applications.