Maria Jose Cardenas Espinosa


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Maria Jose Cardenas Espinosa

Curriculum Vitae

2019 - present PhD candidate, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ).
Thesis title: **Intra and extracellular degradation of polyurethane monomers and oligomers by Pseudomonas capeferrum TDA1
2016-2019 Full-time lecturer (Undergraduate), University of the Armed Forces, Ecuador
2015-2016 Leading Researcher, Public Health Research Institute, Ecuador
2013-2015 Master of Science in Biochemical Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile
Thesis title: Bio-oxidation of methane using membrane biofilm reactors
2011-2012 Researcher,Cununyacu Environmental Research Center, Ecuador
2004-2010 B.Sc. Biotechnology Engineering, Army Polytechnic School, Ecuador


My research has been focused on intra and extracellular degradation of polyurethane monomer (2,4-TDA) and oligomer (Dihydroxy-functional oligomer) by Pseudomonas capeferrum TDA1.
We analysed the effect of 2,4-TDA as a carbon source in the gene regulation and identified a catabolic pathway using RNA-seq. In order to understand the complete mechanism of biodegradation, outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) that could be involved in polyurethane biodegradation were examined through proteomics.

Also, I participated in the project “NoStress” evaluating solvent tolerance and adaptability of four different Pseudomonas strains for biotechnological applications.


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