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Research centres : Universidad de Santiago de Compostela.

Ana María Otero Casal

A Doctor in Biology (University of Santiago de Compostela (1995)), her doctoral thesis was on the continuous cultivation of marine microalgae. She is currently Tenured Professor of Microbiology in the University of Santiago. She was a postdoctoral European Union grant holder in Japan (the National Institute for Basic Biology), where she worked on the molecular biology of marine microalgae, and in Italy (Universitá degli Studi di Firenze), where she worked on the physiology of the production of exopolysaccharides in cyanobacteria.

Parallel to the development of the traditional line of research in biotechnology applications using photosynthetic microorganisms, her group has worked since 2006 on the search for alternative strategies to the use of antibiotics, by means of the interception of bacterial communication (quorum quenching). In this field, her group has already patented two strains of marine bacteria with a high quorum quenching capacity for bacterial signals of the acyl-homoserine-lactone type.

She is the author of more than 60 publications in international journals, has directed 10 doctoral theses and has taken part in more than 15 national and international research projects.

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