Antonio has a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Seville. He completed a master degree in Environmental, Industrial and Food Biotechnology from the Pablo de Olavide University. He performed his master’s thesis at the National Centre of Biotechnology (CNB), where he acquired wide experience in the fields of Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Synthetic Biology. To complement his training, in October 2022, Antonio began an online master's degree in Bioinformatics at the Pablo de Olavide University.
He is currently developing his doctoral thesis, focused on the study of the cyanobacterial plasmidome, applying approaches of different fields, such as bioinformatics and biotechnology, paying special attention to those elements necessary for plasmid replication and conjugation.
Plasmids are genomes with a deep impact in microbial communities, a shared gene pool that allows bacteria to adapt to different environments. By using plasmid comparative genomics, we are identifying and studying key gene functions for cell-to-cell communication, as well as others linked to multirresistant bacteria outbreaks. Some of these functions are also harnessed to build synthetic gene circuits to perform distributed computation in bacterial populations.
- Research projects: Ayuda nueva incorporación CSIC (Ref. 201820I143). PI: M. Pilar Garcillán-Barcia