Maria Jose Cardenas Espinosa
|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|
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.