Adam Peréz receives the Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoc fellowship
2017 January - Dr. Adam A. Peréz, who obtained his Ph. D. in December 2016 from BMMB, has won a prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Peréz conducted his thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Donald A. Bryant, Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Named after the famous Polish-French scientist who won two Nobel Prizes for her work on radioactivity, these fellowships are awarded by the European Commission, and they support researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Dr. Peréz will use his two-year fellowship to conduct research with Dr. Klaas J. Hellingwerf, a well-known Dutch microbial physiologist, at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Dr. Hellingwerf is one of the founders of a biotechnology company, Photoanol BV, that seeks to use cyanobacteria to produce valuable chemical products via photosynthesis. Dr. Peréz intends to continue his studies on metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria for production of molecules that can be used as chemical feedstocks and biofuels.