The seminar will take place, the 30 september 2016, at 11 am at the amphitheater of the IECB, 2 rue Robert Escarpit, Pessac.
Prof. Diego Romero
Dept. Microbiology, University of Málaga
Amyloids are among the most fascinating family of proteins widely spread in nature. Members of this family are called functional amyloids due to their involvement on a variety of cellular processes. In bacteria, functional amyloids are mostly known for their contribution to the development of multicellularity. In our laboratory we investigate the multicellular behavior of the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. We have demonstrated that a functional amyloid is required for the assembly of the bacterial communities called biofilm, and now our interest is focused on the study of: i) the fundamental aspects that regulate and define the process of amyloidogenesis, and ii) which is the global impact of these proteins in bacterial physiology and the interaction with the environment.
Diego Romero holds a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Malaga (1999) and a PhD from the same University (2006). He made a postdoctoral stay in the laboratory of Professor Kolter in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Department at Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA). Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the department of Microbiology at University of Málaga where he develops his research. The research conducted in his group is focused on the fundamentals that lead and regulate the formation of amyloid fibers in the group of Gram-positive bacteria, and how this multifaceted proteins impact in the bacterial physiology and interaction with the environment. Diego has been awarded with the Jaime Ferrán prize in Microbiology (Spain), and among others is responsible for a Starting Grant (ERC) research project.
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