The PHAgave 2017 team believes in international cooperation as the best mechanism of growth, success and evolution, therefore, we have built up a team that meets this belief.
Our team members are Biotechnology Engineering students from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara. Most of them are also members, founding members and/or part of the Youth Biotech Headquarters; an international youth association that focuses on science communication, science regulation and science development. It was born last december, as well as this iGEM team, during the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancún, Mexico. Today, it has presence in 15 different countries.
Our team instructors and advisors come from different parts of the world; like Panamá, Germany and the United Kingdom; or have been involved with international institutions such as Stanford, McGill University, University of Edinburgh, The Global Biotech Revolution, and of course, have a vast experience at iGEM as team members, team leaders, instructors, members of the Latin American committee or delegates.
Youth Biotech & PHAgave:
Cooperation triggers evolution
Arturo Quintero, Ph.D. - P.I.
Dr. Quintero studied Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. He’s got a Master’s Degree in Plant Science orientated to Virology and a Ph.D in Philosophy in Plant Science orientated to Virology from Idaho University. He has worked with different viruses such as PLRV, PVX, PVM, PMTV and PVY in Plant Virology Laboratories and was in charge of a large collection of PVY isolates in Idaho. He’s collaborated in investigation to SIMPLOT, a large food and agribusiness company, for observing and testing virus resistance in potatoes. He is President of the EFW for Science Journal club in the University of Idaho and is associated with the Potato Association of America and the American Phytopathology Society. He is currently the Latin America ambassador of the International Program of Idaho University.
MSc. Oscar Osorio - Secondary P.I.
Has a master’s degree in Biotechnology, currently works as the Biotechnology Program Director at ITESM, has worked as Quality Manager at AGRICOLA GLOBALMEX SA de CV, as Plant Manager at INTERNATIONAL DRY PRODUCTS DE MEXICO, as Proteomic medical researcher at OCA Hospital, as Product supervisor in YAKULT, among others. Has attended several courses MALDI-Tof, Static Process Control, Thermic Analysis, and Total Product Manager.
Luis Figueroa, Ph.D. - Instructor
Dr. Luis Figueroa studied Biology at the Universidad Veracruzana. He’s got a Master’s in Bioethics from Universidad Anáhuac México and a Ph.D. from the Scientific Investigation Center of Yucatán. Dr. Figueroa got his Postdoc at The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis Missouri. He currently works as Principal Researcher at the Center for Research and Assistance in Technology and Design of the State of Jalisco in the Industrial Biotechnology Department. His line of research is focused on Synthetic Biology.
MSc. Ricardo Camilo Chávez - Instructor
Ricardo is a Biotechnology Engineer graduate from Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Monterrey, Mexico. He got his Master’s degree on Systems and Synthetic Biology from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom in 2016. He has participated several times before in iGEM as team leader with satisfactory results (2 Silver Medals, 1 Gold Medal, Latin American Regional Winner, 1 Best Presentation Award, 1 Best Human Practice Award and 1 Best Genetic Device Award). In 2014 and 2015 he advised two teams from Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Monterrey, obtaining Silver and Gold medals. During his Master’s studies, he also participated as the leader of the University’s team and obtained a Silver medal. He is currently working on a project that focuses on providing synthetic biology teams, for a fraction of the cost, of the currently available equipment in order to enable as many interested students of any kind to participate in synthetic biology experiments and democratize biotechnology in Mexico and Latin America.
MSc. Heber Torres Cordero - Instructor
Heber studied Biotechnology Genomics at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) in Monterrey, Mexico. For his Master’s degree, he specialized in Molecular Biomedicine at CINVESTAV-IPN in Mexico City. He has actively participated with several iGEM teams from UANL before (2011-2015), obtaining two Silver medals, a special prize for the best experimental measurement method, two third places of the overall competition, as well as a special prize for best mathematical model and best designed BioBrick. Heber has also participated as an international judge for high school and undergraduate projects. He’s coordinated an introductory iGEM workshop and wrote a “Manual for Laboratory Practices iGEM-UANL” He currently teaches Biology, Chemistry and Experimental Monograph Workshop at The UANL Center for Research and Development of Bilingual Education High School. He is also an instructor for the team from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León for their 2018 participation.
MSc. Luis García - InstructorMSc. Luis García - Instructor
Luis García has a Master’s Degree in Systems and Synthetic Biology from Imperial College, London, U.K. He has a Bachelor degree in Biotechnology with speciality in Molecular Biology at ITESM. Has training in microbiology techniques and in the analysis of phytohormones derived from the interaction of A. brasilense and C. vulgaris with HPLC. Has done several laboral internships including one in CIATEJ, in the Advanced Investigation Center in Guanajuato, México; has collaborated in projects such as the Assembly of a metabolic synthetic route for the expression of lycopene in E. coli and Identification of the presence of antibodies against antigens associated to tumors in serum of patients with pulmonary cancer as biomarkers for the disease. Is a co-founder of the Spirax enterprise, which includes the production and sale of an algae-based beverage with encapsulated “spiruline”. He also had a participation as a Juvenile Delegate in COP13-MOP-8 as part of PRRI. Has participated in Gap Summit 2016 as part of the 100 selected leaders of tomorrow. Finally he is the co-author of the chapter of “Dairy products and cardiovascular health” published in the book “La leche como alimento naturalmente saludable” (Milk as a naturally healthy food)
Yo Suzuki, Ph.D. - Advisor
Yo Suzuki is an Assistant Professor in the Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy Department at the J. Craig Venter Institute, which he joined in 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Colorado for his work on a C. elegans TGF-b gene. He soon became interested in the multi-gene genetic interaction problem. As a postdoctoral fellow he identified genes that act in parallel with a C. elegans homolog for the tumor suppressor gene PTEN. Later, he switched to yeast and developed the “Green Monster” method for multi-locus engineering in Fritz Roth's lab at Harvard Medical School. In this method, GFP-marked genomic alterations are assembled into a single genome through repeated rounds of mating, meiosis and flow-cytometric enrichment of yeast cells harboring the alterations. ( http://www.jcvi.org/cms/about/bios/ysuzuki/)Yo Suzuki is an Assistant Professor in the Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy Department at the J. Craig Venter Institute, which he joined in 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Colorado for his work on a C. elegans TGF-b gene. He soon became interested in the multi-gene genetic interaction problem. As a postdoctoral fellow he identified genes that act in parallel with a C. elegans homolog for the tumor suppressor gene PTEN. Later, he switched to yeast and developed the “Green Monster” method for multi-locus engineering in Fritz Roth's lab at Harvard Medical School. In this method, GFP-marked genomic alterations are assembled into a single genome through repeated rounds of mating, meiosis and flow-cytometric enrichment of yeast cells harboring the alterations. ( http://www.jcvi.org/cms/about/bios/ysuzuki/)
Alexander Mayorov - Advisor
Alex has recently finished his second of four years of a joint B.A./M.Sc. course in Natural Sciences at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK. He has taken a broad range of courses, including Biochemistry, Physics, Maths and Chemistry. He’d like to specialize in theoretical chemistry for the following two years. His rankings have led him to be awarded a Senior Academic scholarship at Trinity and a BP prize for outstanding performance in examinations. Alex has been involved in various research programs and academic competitions. He is currently undertaking a computational biology project at EPFL, Switzerland, developing machine learning approaches to study protein evolution. In 2016 he co-managed the wetlab project of the Cambridge-JIC iGEM team, obtaining a Gold medal and Best Overgrad Plant Synthetic Biology prize. Last year, Alex participated in the United Nations CBD as a member of Youth Biotech and is currently co-organizing the annual Building Bridges in Biomedical Sciences conference (BBBS) 2018.
Ediner Fuentes Campos - Advisor
Ediner studied Environmental Engineering and Development at Escuela Agrícola Panamericana “El Zamorano” in Honduras. He graduated earlier this year and began working for the Environmental Ministry of Panamá, where he works as Head of Region and focuses on research regarding biodiversity and environmental microbiology. Ediner serves iGEM as an ambassador for Latin America and represented the organization as Official Delegate at the 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancún, México (COP13-MOP8-MOP2). Also, he was one of the members of Youth Biotech that was selected earlier this year, by the Global Biotech Revolution, as part of the 100 Leaders of Tomorrow of Biotechnology to attend GapSummit 2017 at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Carlos Vázquez Ochoa - Advisor
Carlos is currently in his last semester of Biotechnology Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Monterrey. He has recently concluded a research internship at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in which he focused on controlling the dispersion of antimicrobial resistance by new treatments of municipal wastewater biosolids to improve public health and infrastructure. He participated in iGEM in 2016, his project enhanced bioleaching of electronic waste with engineered bacteria: Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans and Chromobacterium violaceum. In 2015 he also did a summer research internship at the University of Colima, Mexico, where he got involved in projects regarding the design of bioreactors for enzymatic conversion of fructooligosaccharides and the optimization of enzymatic extraction of starch and polyhydroxyalkanoates synthesis in E. coli.
Saúl Pizarro - Advisor
Saúl is a Biotechnology Engineering student at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Chihuahua, Mexico. He has participated in iGEM as a team member (2015), team leader (2016), and Co-chair of the Latin American Committee (2016). Last year, Saúl participated in the United Nations CBD as a member of Youth Biotech and is currently helping organize the student chapter in the Northern of Mexico. He is SEBIOTEC’s vice president, a biotechnology student association from Tecnológico de Monterrey that is tightly associated to the Mexican Society of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Saúl is also developing a startup called “Diagtech” that focuses on molecular diagnosis. He has been awarded a Biosafety certification by the Public Health Canadian Organization and been a speaker at the Eighth Symposium of Biosecurity and Biocustody of the Mexican Biosecurity Association, in which he talked about “Synthetic Biology and Biosecurity”. Saúl was also one of the members of Youth Biotech that was selected earlier this year, by the Global Biotech Revolution, as part of the 100 Leaders of Tomorrow of Biotechnology to attend GapSummit 2017 at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Uriel Barboza - Advisor
B.S., Biotechnology Engineering, Major in Molecular Biology - Tecnológico de Monterrey in Querétaro, Mexico. Founding member of Youth Biotech, attended the UN Biodiversity Conference as Youth-PRRI delegate. Recently carried out an intership at Drew endy's lab in Stanford. He was also one of the members of Youth Biotech that was selected earlier this year, by the Global Biotech Revolution, as part of the 100 Leaders of Tomorrow of Biotechnology to attend GapSummit 2017 at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and attended AllBiotech in Santiago, Chile as well.
MSc. Thomas Dohmen - Advisor
MSc. of Technical Biology with focus on Synthetic Biology student - TU Darmstadt. Founding member of Youth Biotech, attended the UN Biodiversity Conference as Youth-PRRI delegate. Ex-iGEMER
Ricardo Hernández Medina - Advisor
Has a Bachelor Degree in biotechnology at ITESM, Tecnológico de Monterrey Guadalajara, and is currently working in CIATEJ laboratories. Founding member of Youth Biotech, attended the UN Biodiversity Conference as Youth-PRRI delegate. Ex-iGEMER
Alejandro Guzmán Vendrell - Advisor
Also known as “Alastor”. Major of Biology in National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has directed 2 teams from UNAM one in 2015 getting a silver medal and one in 2016 getting a bronze medal. He is one of the main promoters of biotechnology in the Faculty of Science and is currently working on the History of Synthetic biology in Mexico as part of his thesis dissertation. He is a system biologist that focuses on data mining. His work on the team focused on editing and supervising the wiki progress.