"We Do Research to Improve Life"

| By Leon Kirschgens & Jacqueline Plaster
Professor Victor di Lorenzo's team (right) in Madrid.

Our Spanish partner from Madrid is one of the world's most sought-after research institutes in its field. Here we present the work and the team around Professor Victor di Lorenzo.

 

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The secret of success of many successful research projects often lies in the perfect balance between experience and inexperienced drive. Between "We've always done it this way and it's proven successful" and "Let's try new ways". Between routine and agility - breaking out of old familiar structures. We at MIX-UP are lucky that we actually rely on exactly this recipe for success, given the composition of our partners in the consortium. It is always great to see how young up-and-coming scientists blossom under the guidance of experienced scientists.
We can also observe this, for example, with one of our Spanish partners. The CNB-CSIC has been in existence since 1992, is located in Madrid and has become one of the most renowned research institutions in the country. For us, the CNB-CSIS is an important partner that brings with it many decades of experience. After all, more than 600 people work at the country's largest public research institute - with a noble ambition: "We work to unlock the secrets of living things and use our research results to develop new, safer and more effective compounds and technologies that enable us to improve health, agriculture and the environment. We do research to improve life," the scientists write on their website.

Ten of them are involved in the MIX-UP project, including the team leader and Professor Victor di Lorenzo, who is known as an outstanding scientist beyond the country's borders. He heads the Laboratory of Molecular Environmental Microbiology at the National Centre for Biotechnology has specialised in the molecular biology and biotechnology of soil microorganisms (especially Pseudomonas putida). His current research seeks to develop the genetic "software" and appropriate tools to cross the boundaries between biological and non-biological reactions. This is of course an interesting area also for MIX-UP, which is why he is developing the genetic "tools" for a broad host range within our EU project to construct robust catalytic strains and consortia.