EN: Microbiomas Foundation is an independent non-profit research initiative established since 2015 in Colombia aiming to advance and disseminate cutting edge knowledge and innovative applications of life sciences discoveries. It has a staff of expert scientists in microbiome research, environmental biotechnology, genomics, transcriptomics, clinical microbiology, probiosis, biochemistry, metagenomics focused on natural resources restoration, climate change , evolutionary emergence of functions arising from human impacts, environmental sustainability and valorisation

ES: Microbiomas Foundation (Asociaci—n Fundaci—n de Investigaci—n Microbiomas Inc. +) es una iniciativa independiente sin ‡nimo de lucro establecida desde 2015 en Colombia con el prop—sito de servir al interŽs pśblico en el desarrollo de proyectos de investigaci—n para avanzar el conocimiento b‡sico y aplicaciones derivadas con un personal cient’fico de formaci—n superior en tem‡ticas de ecolog’a microbiana, microbiolog’a ambiental, biotecnolog’a, gen—mica, transcript—mica, microbiolog’a cl’nica, probiosis, bioqu’mica y metagen—mica concentrada en temas como la restauraci—n de recursos naturales, cambio clim‡tico, emergencia evolutiva de funciones derivadas de impactos humanos, sostenibilidad ambiental y valorizaci—n de recursos ecosistŽmicos.

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Recent publications (2016-2017)

van de Water JA, Melkonian R, Voolstra CR, Junca H, Beraud E, Allemand D, Ferrier-PagŹs C. Comparative Assessment of Mediterranean Gorgonian-Associated Microbial Communities Reveals Conserved Core and Locally Variant Bacteria. Microbial Ecology. 2017 Feb;73(2):466-478. doi: 10.1007/s00248-016-0858-x. Epub 2016 Oct 10.

Pinzon EH, Sierra DA, Suarez MO, Orduz S, Florez AM. DNA secondary structure formation by DNA shuffling of the conserved domains of the Cry protein of Bacillus thuringiensis. BMC Biophys. 2017 May 22;10:4. doi: 10.1186/s13628-017-0036-7

Van De Water JA, Melkonian R, Junca H, Voolstra CR, Reynaud S, Allemand D, Ferrier-PagŹs C.
Spirochaetes dominate the microbial community associated with the red coral Corallium rubrum on a broad geographic scale. Nature Publishing Group. Scientific Reports. 2016 Jun 1;6:27277.

Arbeli Z, Garcia-Bonilla E, Pardo C, Hidalgo K, Vel‡squez T, Pe–a L, Ramos E, Avila-Arias H, Molano-Gonzalez N, Brand‹o PF, Roldan F. Persistence of pentolite (PETN and TNT) in soil microcosms and microbial enrichment cultures. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 2016 May 1;23(9):9144-55.

Amit, I., Baker, D., Barker, R., Berger, B., Bertozzi, C., Bhatia, S., Biffi, A., Demichelis, F., Doudna, J., Dowdy, S.F. and Endy, D., 2016. Voices of biotech. Nature Biotechnology, 34(3), p.270.

Junca H. Introduction to Primer-Based Detection of Microbial Genes, Particularly Those Encoding Enzymes for Aromatic/Aliphatic Hydrocarbon Biodegradation. Encyclopedia of Hydrocarbon Biodegradation. 2016 Springer
G‡lvez EJ, Carrillo-Castro K, Z‡rate L, Gźiza L, Pieper DH, Garc’a-Bonilla E, Salazar M, Junca H. Draft genome sequence of Bacillus licheniformis CG-B52, a highly virulent bacterium of Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei), isolated from a Colombian Caribbean aquaculture outbreak. Genome Announcements - ASM. 2016 Jun 30;4(3):e00321-16.


We are collaborating with national and international governmental agencies, institutions an industrial sectors as scientific research, education and consulting experts in microbial bioremediation, environmental biotechnology, ecogenomics and functional metagenomics by studying microbiomes composition, functions and interactions in open environments and in holobiont associations


 Our team is a group of highly skilled and enthusiastic scientists (MSc and PhD) able to perform research at the forefront of biological sciences, using molecular techniques for microbial description, valorisation and genetic programming towards improved quality of life and sustainability or EarthŐs living organisms and ecosystems. While doing so, we are actively contributing to train a new generation of life science researchers and strengthening international scientific cooperation for advancing microbial biodiversity exploration

+ Research Group Microbial Ecology: Metabolism, Genomics & Evolution - Diversity, Ecogenomics & Holobionts - Microbiomas Foundation

* This research group has been classified in top category "A" in the latest official science ranking by the National Agency for Science & Technology of Colombia - Colciencias, considering number of active members, type and quantity of scientific production, completed supervised theses and dissemination activities
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Howard Junca, PhD - Scientific Director

Microbiologist (Universidad de los Andes), Biologist (Universidad Complutense), PhD in Biological Sciences (TU Brunswick, Germany), Senior Scientist (Colciencias)

Erika Garc’a, cPhD - Research Scientist
Microbiologist (Universidad Javeriana), MSc Biotechnology (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), cPhD Biology (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

Marcela Villegas, MSc - Research Scientist
Microbiologist (Universidad Javeriana), MSc Biological Sciences (Universidad de los Andes), PhD Student Environmental Engineering (Universidad del Valle)

çlvaro Fl—rez, PhD - Research Associate
Bacteriologist & Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics (Universidad Cat—lica de Manizales), MSc (Universidad Javeriana), PhD Basic Biomedical Sciences (Universidad de Antioquia)

Luisa Villamil, PhD - Research Associate
Marine Biologist (Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano), PhD in Marine Biology and Aquaculture  (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela)


For inquiries (scientific collaboration, media information): info@microbiomas.org

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