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The Basque Center for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials, CIC biomaGUNE, has joined to its staff the PhD in biochemistry Aitziber Cortajarena López, researcher of the attract talent program Ikerbasque.
The specialist will be responsible for coordinating the Biomolecular Nanotechnology Biomagune´s group, with the aim of carrying out a research project funded by the European Research Council.
The initiative, called “Functional protein-based nanostructures”, focuses on the study of protein structure to generate biomaterials and has an endowment of the European body of 1.7 million euros.
Cortajarena´s work mission is to open new avenues of practical application for nanotechnology-based biomaterials that can be used in such diverse fields as photovoltaics, nanoelectronics, clinical diagnosis and biomedicine, among other devices.
“Proteins have a wide variety of forms and functions in nature; somehow are the pillars on which life is based. If we control the structure and function of proteins in the laboratory using our technology, we create new biomaterials and devices inspired by the shape of proteins assembled” sums Cortajarena.
Lopez Cortajarena had Doctorate in Biochemistry in the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU in 2002. Later, he joined Yale University (USA), where she worked for seven years in the design, structure and function of proteins. Her scientific work focuses on protein engineering.