Víctor J Carrion, PhD, Assistant Professor
Víctor studied Biology and did his PhD at the University of Málaga (Spain). During his PhD he used molecular microbiology techniques to characterize virulence factors in Pseudomonas syringae, under the supervision of Prof. Antonio de Vicente and Prof. Francisco M. Cazorla. In October 2012 he joined the group of Prof. Jos M. Raaijmakers, at the Wageningen university and later at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, in Wageningen (The Netherlands), where he studied how the endophytic microbiome can protect plants against fungal diseases. Since September 2020 he leads the group of Metagenomics and Plant-Microbe Interactions at Leiden University.
Adrian Pintado, Postdoctoral Researcher
Adrian studied Biology and did his PhD at the University of Malaga (Spain). During his PhD project, developed under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Cayo Ramos, focused on the identification of novel pathways for auxins production and analyze the role of auxins as a signaling molecule in the phytopathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas savastanoi. In January 2021, Adrian joined Carrion Lab as a Postdoctoral researcher to study how microbiome can protect plants against abiotic stresses.
Miguel Rodríguez González, Postdoctoral Researcher
Miguel studied Pharmacy and did his PhD at the University of Granada (Spain). His PhD project was based on the ability of bacterial strains isolated from hypersaline environments to enhance crops production under biotic and abiotic stress, under the supervision of Drs. Inmaculada Llamas Company and Inmaculada Sampedro Quesada. Since April 2022, Miguel joined Carrión’s Lab as a postdoctoral researcher to study the role of microbiomes in improving salt tolerance in crop plants under the frame of Marine Biodiversity as Sustainable Resource of Disease-suppressive Microbes and Bioprotectants for Aquaculture and Crop Diseases (MARBLES).
Hugo Pantigoso, Postdoctoral Researcher
Hugo is a postdoctoral researcher at Carrion and Balazadeh’s Labs developing knowledge on the identification of plant and microbial traits that enhance plant growth and tolerance to abiotic stresses. Hugo received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado State University. During this period (2017-2022), his research focused on understanding the interplay between soil microbial communities and root exudates in the rhizosphere of plant crops and Arabidopsis. Hugo’s research goal is to help develop new agricultural products and technologies that improve crop health and productivity.
Adam Ossowicki , Postdoctoral Researcher
Adam studied biotechnology at the University of Gdańsk where he obtained his BSc and MSc degrees working on the mechanisms of biological control in bacteria. Later he moved to the Wageningen, the Netherlands to study disease suppressive soils what resulted in defending his PhD. After that Adam, as a postdoctoral researcher, worked on geosmin mediated interactions in soil in the Biology Centre CAS in České Budějovice, Czechia and on plant-insect-microbe interactions at the Leiden University in the Netherlands. Currently, he joined Carrion Lab in Málaga, Spain to work on his MSCA founded project microTRIAS focusing on training microbial communities for the benefit of sustainable agriculture.
Belén Delgado , Bioinformatician
Belén obtained her BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Málaga (Spain) and the MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the same university. She worked for four years at the Bioinformatics Core of the University of Málaga. She joined the CarrionLab in September 2023 as bioinformatician, providing support to the research group across various projects within the field of genomics, metagenomics, metabolomics and many others.
Cristi Sarmiento, Technician
Cristina did her BSc in Biology at the University of Málaga (Spain) and currently she is finishing her master degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the same university. Her bachelor thesis was about the role of the quorum sensing system in Pseudomonas Syringae pv. syringae. In October 2023, Cristina has joined Carrion Lab as part-time technician while she is studying for her master thesis.
Xinya Pan, PhD candidate
Xinya obtained her BSc in Agriculture in Southwest University in China in 2018. After that she studied Environmental Biology in Utrecht University (The Netherlands). During two MSc internships, Xinya investigated the impact of phyllosphere microbiome on Arabidopsis leaf disease by bioassays, and analyzed the metagenomics data of tomato rhizosphere for QTL analysis. In October 2020, Xinya joined Carrion Lab as a PhD student (in collaboration with Prof. Jos M. Raaijmakers, NIOO-KNAW). In her project she aims to decipher endophytic microbial functions activated upon pathogen infection. In addition, Xinya is also involved in the development of bioinformatic tools and its use for the prediction of endophytic lifestyle and confirmation by mutagenesis.
Guillermo Guerrero Egido, PhD candidate
Guillermo studied Biology in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and later, moved to the Netherlands in order to study the MSc in Bioinformatics and System Biology in the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). As part of his MSc, Guillermo served as intern in prestigious research places as Cancer Center of Amsterdam (VUmc) and Sanquin, where he worked with proteomics, immunology and flow cytometry data. In October 2020, Guillermo joined the Carrion lab as Bioinformatician. He has been mainly working in the developing of the comparative genomics automated pipeline “MicroLife“ and transcriptomics.
Pascal Nuijten, PhD candidate
Pascal obtained his BSc in Bioinformatics at LIACS Leiden University. Then he finished his master degree in Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology where he expanded his molecular and microbiological skills. Now he combines both disciplines for his work in the CarrionLAB. As a PhD student of the MicroRES project he is aiming to decipher the molecular mechanisms involved in the drought stress alleviating symbiose of microbes and plants to improve crop health and sustainability.
Kevin Bretscher, PhD candidate
Kevin obtained his BSc and MSc in Biology at Leiden University. During two internships at the Carrion lab, he worked on the experimental validation of the comparative genomics pipeline MicroLife and conducted a meta-analysis of disease-suppressive soil microbiomes. Now, he is a PhD student at the Carrion lab, working on the MicroGRICE project, whose primary goal is to reduce methane emissions from rice paddies through bacteria. In addition, he studies the role of microbiomes and bacteria in alleviating salt stress on rice plants. Kevin’s overarching research goal is the development of microbe-centered strategies that will improve the sustainability of rice cultivation.
Marcos Pedraza, PhD candidate
Marcos studied Biochemistry at the University of Malaga and the Master’s degree in Advanced Biotechnology at the same university. During this time, he obtained a research initiation scholarship, which allowed him to start his scientific career by researching plant viruses. Now he is a PhD student at the CarrionLAB, whose project focuses on the omic study of the avocado microbiome and its potential as a strategy for the biological control of fungal diseases.
Alessio Romano , MSc Student, Internship
Alessio obtained his BSc at University of Naples Federico II (Napoli, Italy) in Biotechnology. His final bachelor project was in Biochemistry and Enzymology: in particular, he studied the production of bioplastics from agricultural wastes and the production of supplements. Now he is doing a MSc in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology at University of Naples Federico II where he obtained a scholarship to do an internship abroad. He decided to spent his scholarship at the CarrionLAB, where he is studying how the soil microbiome can protect plants against heat stress.
Natalia Rodriguez , PhD Student, Internship
Natalia studied Chemistry at “Universidad de la República” in Uruguay. During her master project she studied the performance of naturalized Bradyrhizobium that nodulates soybean on a genetic level . Since 2021 she is doing a PhD at the same University, in her PhD she aims to study how the fungal community associated with roots of grassland plants changes with phosphorus availability. Currently, she is doing an internship in IHSM-UMA where she is analyzing grassland roots shotgun metagenomic data.
José María Urquizu Ruiz, Internship
José María Urquizu Ruiz is now coursing his 4th grade of biology in the University of Málaga. In 2022 he participate in the iGEM competition with the Málaga team, where he grow his knowment about molecular and synthetic biology. His team made a bacteria with the hability of degrade cellulose and make starch with the product. He participated in many divulgation projects like the Europeans night of researchers or Science IES project in his city.