Research

Ignacio Gispert Contamina

Cells and organelles as embedded biomodules in artificial cells

Ignacio Gispert Contamina - 2nd year PhD

Abstract

The bottom-up construction of artificial cells is becoming ever more advanced, with vast applications for their use as biomimetic micromachines that can perform chemically and biologically relevant tasks. In this work, both biomolecules and whole biological structures are embedded within synthetic cells, allowing them to serve modular functions as part of a hybrid entity.
This project will involve the development of novel microfluidic technologies for hybrid artificial cell construction, and the exploration of the engineering principles needed to physically and biochemically couple the synthetic and biological modules together.

Ignacio “Nacho” is doing a Leverhulme Trust funded PhD on artificial/biological hybrid cells. Before moving to London, he finished a 4-year degree in Chemistry at Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS, Barcelona) where he worked with new drugs for antimicrobial photodynamic therapy with Prof. Santi Nonell. He had an internship at Laboratoire des IMRCP at Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse, France) where he studied the cytotoxicity and photodegradation of highly toxic pollutants.