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Jesus Castaño earned his BSc at the National University of Colombia, where he also obtained his Master’s degree in Biochemistry. Jesus was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated in 2021. Jesus has worked in several research institutions in Colombia such as the National University of Colombia, the Colombian Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics of Extreme Environments (GeBix), and the Marine and Coastal Research Institute (INVEMAR), where he conducted several research studies, published different papers, and gave a number of presentations focused on the study of fungal biology and its applications. During his Ph.D., Jesus widened the current knowledge about brown-rot degrading fungi and identified several proteins tolerant of radical oxidative species (ROS), which presumably play a key role in the genetic adaptation that enabled brown-rot decay. Jesus joined the Zhang Lab in August 2021 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. His research aims to study the biodegradability of pressure-sensitive adhesives.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, A Fungal secretome tailored to enable a radical (oxidative) wood decay mechanism in brown rot fungi, University of Minnesota

Sep 6 2016Aug 10 2021

Award Date: Aug 31 2021

MS, Optimization of the production process, purification and partial characterization of a laccase from a native fungus with potential application in biotechnological processes, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Feb 2012Oct 2014

Award Date: Jan 29 2015

BS, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Aug 2006Dec 2011

Award Date: Feb 16 2012


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