Team:Buenos Aires/ advisors


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Nico.jpg Nicolás Moreno - Biologist
Tengo 25 años y recientemente me gradué de licenciado en Ciencias Biológicas, en la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales de la UBA. Actualmente estoy realizando el doctorado en esa misma facultad, investigando acerca de la respuesta transcripcional y de splicing alternativo en respuesta a la luz ultravioleta en células humanas. Además, soy docente en el Departamento de Fisiología y Biología Molecular de la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales. Desde que escuché hablar sobre la Biología Sintética me fascinó la propuesta de ingenierizar la biología para lograr cumplir propósitos de lo más diversos. Este año me incorporé como advisor al equipo iGEM 2013, y en eso estamos!

AliG.jpg Alicia Grande- Biology PhD student

Benja.jpg Benjamín Basanta- Biologist
I’m Benjamin Basanta, 25 years old, from Buenos Aires. I like to think of myself as a perceptive and creative person. I have always looked at Nature with fascinated eyes and, after finishing high school, I felt that pursuing a degree in Biology was the right way to channel this fascination and creativity. I majored in Biology in December 2012 at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, with a thesis on fluorescent biosensors. At the moment I’m a TA in the Molecular Biology Department from UBA and a scholar at the Structural Biochemistry lab in the Biological Chemistry Department, where I work with Alejandro Nadra in Protein-DNA interaction. My main interests are protein folding, structure and design. I was invited to be part of the 2013 Buenos Aires iGEM team to give advice on molecular biology techniques and help shape the project. I see in iGEM more than just a tool for the promotion of synthetic biology, I see how it has become a learning place for the students and an opportunity for all of us to put our creativity and skills at work on a project that could make a difference on people’s lives. I’m very happy to be part of this team.

150px Nicolás Carlotto- Biologist

150px Hernán Bonomi- Biologist
In 2005 I graduated from bachelor in Biological Sciences (FCEyN, UBA) and in 2011 I obtained my doctoral degree (UBA) in the area of Biological Chemistry. My PhD thesis was focused on the biochemical and molecular aspects of the vitamin B2 (riboflavin) biosynthesis pathway and its relationship with infection in certain bacteria. Currently, I am a postdoc investigating light-sensing and vitamin transport mechanisms and how they relate to the infectious processes in microorganisms.

From childhood I liked to disassemble and reassemble the most diverse things, later I hardly could avoid choosing an industrial secondary, finally curiosity about how living things function led me to biology. During my PhD, I completed a technical degree in electronics which helped me look to biology with engineering optics. This view was what eventually led me to Synthetic Biology. This is a relatively new and multidisciplinary area in science, its corollary is that it is possible to design and build a biological object able to perform a desired function (even a purely aesthetic one) using biological components (DNA, RNA, proteins...) that were characterized in a standardized way. Right now I am learning about this new discipline along with the Buenos Aires iGEM team while helping in the project.

I think (and hope) that Synthetic Biology will revolutionize biotechnological industries bringing good and profound changes in society...but that remains to be seen...