Development and validation of a chicken caecum model to test potential antagonistic activities of lactic acid bacteria against campylobacter
2000-2005: Master/PhD student at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, where I managed to overproduce bacteriocins from lactic acid bacteria in heterologous hosts of interest in the food industry. In collaboration with the Biotechnology Research Institute, National Research Council of Canada, Montreal, Canada; and the Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
2006-2010: Postdoctoral Researcher in Ireland; first placement at the School of Food Science and Environmental Health, Dublin Institute of Technology, where I investigated the potential of essential oils as natural preservatives against food-borne pathogens and spoilage bacteria associated with minimally processed food; second placement at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, where I developed and validated a real time PCR test as a diagnostic tool for the detection of Chlamydophila abortus and Toxoplasma gondii, the two leading infectious causes of ovine abortion in Ireland and UK.
2010-2013: Researcher in Spain; first placement at the Salamanca Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology, Spanish Research Council, where I worked on transcriptional responses of plant cells under photo-oxidative stress; second placement at the Cantabria Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Santander, where I was involved in a project focused on drug discovery by using biosynthetic engineering in Streptomyces.