Mr Juan Pinheiro de Oliveira Martinez

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Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with specialisation in Biotechnology from Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ)

Masters in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – (IFRJ affiliated to Brazilian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – SBBq)

Juan Martinez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Science and Engineering Faculty of QUT since 2019. His research is focussed on the discovery of new enzymes capable of degrading keratin, aiming to improve the nutritional value of livestock feeding. He is currently conducting phylogeny analysis and standardising a cell-free high-throughput protein expression system and high-throughput enzymatic assays for quick enzyme discovery and characterisation.

Juan completed his M.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ, Brazil) in 2019. After being awarded for a QUT Research Training Program Scholarship (QUT-RTP), he commenced his PhD at QUT under supervision of Professor Robert Speight. His research expertise includes microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology.

Scholarships and Awards

  • Foundation Carlos Chagas Filho Research Support of the State of Rio de Janeiro postgraduate scholarship (FAPERJ) (2016-2018)
  • National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) undergraduate scholarship (2015-2016)
  • National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) undergraduate scholarship (2013-2015)
  • Honourable mention at 8th Conference of Scientific and Technological Initiation of the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio de Janeiro, 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 1st place in health sciences at EXPOTEC – Week of Teaching, Research and Extension – Celso Suckow da Fonseca Federal Centre for Technological Education, 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Previous Research Work

  • Master Thesis: Staphylococcus lugdunensis macromolecules: Structural Description and Virulence Correlation. (IFRJ, 2016-2018)
  • Research Internship: Biochemical and Structural description of a Staphylococcus lugdunensis neutral metalloprotease (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2016-2018)
  • Research Internship: Characterization of Staphylococcus lugdunensis biosurfactants (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2016-2017)
  • Research Internship: Staphylococcus species analysis and characterization of resistance genes present in isolates of food from a supermarket chain in Rio de Janeiro (IFRJ, 2017-2018)
  • Research Internship: Staphylococcus Food isolates and their respective manipulators: Identification, phenotypic and molecular characterization of virulence factors (IFRJ, 2015-2016)
  • Bachelors Thesis: In vivo evaluation of the genotoxicity, mutagenicity and oxidative stress of an alternative treatment for cancer (IFRJ, 2013-2015)

Publications

Nascimento, P. L., & de Oliveira Martinez, J. (2017). Detection of mecA and seh genes from Staphylococcus sp. isolated from samples of food, surfaces and utensils of an industrial kitchen in Rio de Janeiro. Demetra: Food, Nutrition & Health12(2), 483-493.