In 2002, I was among the graduates of the first-ever class of the Biotechnology Engineering Program at the Technical Institute of Costa Rica. Then motivated to better understand the cellular mechanisms underlying the capacity of prokaryotes to robustly grow and colonize any environment I moved to France in 2004 to join the Master and PhD program in Microbiology at the Aix-Marseille University.
During my thesis at Dr. Axel Magalon’s lab (CNRS/LCB Marseille) I worked in the respiratory capacity of E. coli, where I identified molecular keys involved in the modulation of respiratory complexes activity and crucial steps related to metal-cofactor insertion into these enzymes by a multidisciplinary approach combining genetics, biophysics and biochemistry.
Then interested in appraising an integrated view of the bacterial cell and the spatiotemporal regulation of bacterial processes I joined Christine Jacobs-Wagner’s group at Yale University (USA) for a postdoctoral training in 2010, where I studied cell cycle in bacteria using quantitative microscopy and NGS, and in collaboration with physicists, proposed new mechanisms for cell cycle control in prokaryotes.
Coming back to Dr. Magalon’s laboratory in 2017 for a short postdoc I investigated the respiratory complexes contribution in multicellular behavior in B. subtilis and their potential as models for CO2 conversion. Since 2018 I joined the Institute Pasteur unit lead by F. Barras to endeavor new exiting research in the study of enterobacteria.