Marc Carnicer

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Dr. Marc Carnicer

Assistant Professor 
Bioengineering Department, IQS.
Bioprocess development.


Dr. Marc Carnicer Heras is Assistant Professor at Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS), Universitat Ramon Llull (URL) since June 2015. In 2016 he joined the Laboratory of Biochemistry research group, led by Dr. Antoni Planas, as the Bioprocess Unit leader. He graduated in Biochemistry in 2007 by the University of Barcelona and he got his Master Degree in Advance Biotechnology in 2008 by the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Predoctoral Period (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Barcelona, 2008-2012). In 2008, he was awarded with a competitive PIF grand by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona to pursue a PhD in Biotechnology in the Bioprocess Engineering and Applied Biocatalysis research group led by Dr, Francisco Valero. His PhD project was focused on understanding the metabolism of a non-common yeast, Pichia pastoris, to improve its production capacities by combining bioreactor culture optimization, metabolomics and 13C-metabolic flux analysis. He obtained the PhD Extraordinary Award from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona for his thesis.

Postdoctoral Period (INSA de Toulouse, 2012-2015). In Toulouse, he spent three years as a postdoc in the Integrated metabolism and dynamics of metabolic systems (METASYS) research group led by Professor Jean-Charles Portais. His postdoctoral research aimed to further understand the methanol assimilation capacities of the gram-positive strain Bacillus methanolicus and transfer them to non-native methylotrophs such as Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis and Corynebacterium glutamicum.

Assistant Professor (IQS, 2015-on). In 2015, he was appointed as assistant professor by the Universitat Ramon Llull in the Bioengineering Department at the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS) where he started a new research line focused on developing new sustainable production processes based on a non-food material, acetic acid.

Research Impact. During his career, Dr. Carnicer has participated in several national and international research projects and his research has been published in Q1 international journals (e.g. Microbial Cell Factories, BMC Systems Biology, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, mSystems). In addition, he has also participated in national and international research conferences and in mentoring PhD and master students.

Main Research areas

  1. Utilization of alternative carbon sources (e.g. methanol, acetate) to obtain biotechnological products.
  2. Optimization of recombinant protein and metabolite production by metabolic engineering and upstream and downstream bioprocessing.
  3. Bioprocess optimization and scale-up.

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