Research Professor for the Spanish National Research Council at the National Centre for Biotechnology in Madrid (Spain). His interests focus on the biology and biotechnological potential of environmental bacteria, with an emphasis on the transcriptional regulation of biodegradation pathways for xenobiotic compounds and the development of molecular tools to programme microorganisms as industrial catalysts. More recently, his work has been exploring the interface between synthetic biology and environmental microbiology.
Synthetic biology goes one step further by incorporating conceptual frameworks from computing, electronics, and industrial design. This change makes it possible to conceive the creation of complex biological objects that were previously considered too difficult to assemble.