Carlos A. Ruiz Perez

Biotechnology - Bioinformatics

About Me

I'm currently a Bioinformatics Ph.D. student at Georgia Institute of Technology. I was born in Colombia where I obtained my Bachelor in Industrial Microbiology and my Masters in Biology with a minor on Microbiology and Molecular Biology.

Interests

I have always been passionate about science. My research interests include Microbial Ecology, Metagenomics, Secondary Metabolite Discovery and Bioinformatics. Currently I'm a first-year graduate student at Kostas Lab. Also, I'm interested in entrepreneurship and the idea to translate science into companies/products that can change the world.

Research

In my Bachelor I worked with PGPR (Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria) testing strains that could induce root formation from leaf tissues in Golden Berry and Tomato.

After I graduated I worked in several projects including the role of Diguanylate cyclase-related genes in the formation of biofilms in Klebsiella pneumoniae, the ecology of proton-pumping proteins known as proteorhodopsin in freshwater Colombian ecosystems and the search for antimicrobial compounds in actinobacteria isolated from Hihg-Andean Mountain Ecosystems.

My Master's project focused on the study of bacterial communities associated with Espeletia sp. plants in High-Andean mountain ecosystems with special focus on the metabolic potential of these communities for bioprospecting purposes.

Antimicrobials

Actinomyces Secondary Metabolites

  • Characterization of Isolates
  • Screening against Pathogens
  • Compound Extraction
  • ______

Klebsiella pneumoniae

Biofilm formation

  • In vitro biofilm formation
  • Phenotypical changes analysis
  • Mutation and Compelementation
  • _______

Proteorhodopsin

Protein Ecology

  • Amplification of PR Sequences
  • Cloning into E. coli
  • Analysis of Sequences
  • Expression Analysis
  • _______

Microbial Ecology

Espeletia sp. Bacterial Population

  • Structure and diversity
  • 16S-based metabolic profile
  • GeoChip Functional Microarray
  • _________

Resume

Projects

  • Coming Soon!

  • The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter - for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way.

    Nikola Tesla