Dr. Helena Gómez Álvarez received her BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Seville and her MSc at the University Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain), where she also obtained her Ph.D. in 2014.
Her research interests are related to bacterial biotechnology and focused on aromatic compounds’ biodegradation, gene regulation and synthetic biology.
The main aim of her PhD project was to elucidate the molecular basis of the carbon catabolite repression phenomenon occurring in Sphyngopyxis macrogolitabida TFA, a bacterium able to use the aromatic compound tetralin as the only carbon and energy source. As a PhD student, she also contributed to a research project about naphthalene degradation in the Gram-positive bacterium Rhodococcus sp. TFB.
At the moment, Helena takes part of a multidisciplinary team working in the research project Sonotaxis aimed to analyse both the effect of audible sound (20-2000 Hz) in bacterial physiology and the mechanisms involved in such physical signals’ sensing. At the same time, she collaborates in different projects of our lab related to synthetic biology.