Sebastian Mendoza / PhD student

Contact

O|2 building, room 01W01
s.n.mendozafarias[at]vu.nl

About me

I am a highly motivated and result oriented Civil Biotechnology Engineer with a Master in Engineering Sciences both from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (2014). As a student of the Department of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, I developed skills for mathematical modeling, programming and fermentation processes in the food industry. In 2014, I started working as a coordinator in a joint project with two industrial partners for finding optimal redox potential and oxygenation strategies during winemaking. During that time, I led an interdisciplinary team of scientists and developed skills for project management, leadership and transfer of scientific knowledge to industry. As project engineering at the Center for Mathematical Modeling of University of Chile (2016-2018), I gained experience in genome-scale reconstruction, constraint-based modeling and multi-objective linear programming. A burning desire for addressing challenges in food and human health industries from a systems biology perspective has brought me to the Systems Bioinformatics group to modeling microbial communities.

My current project

A scholarship from the Advanced Human Capital Program of the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile was awarded to me in 2017, which allows me to conduct my own research as a Ph.D. student in the field of systems biology. My current interests involve genome-scale metabolic reconstruction, prediction of strain-specific phenotypes, prediction of metabolic interactions, comparative genome-scale metabolic reconstruction, strain design algorithms, and development of mathematical frameworks, methods and algorithms to understand microbial communities.