Ángel Llopis-Giménez. I am a PhD Student in the Interdisciplinary Research Structure (ERI-Biotecmed) and also in the Genetics Department in Universitat de València. I studied Biology in Universidad de Alicante, developing my end-of-degree work in Molecular Microbiology group, in 2013, under Francisco J. Martínez Mojica direction, studying the interference mediated by the CRISPR-Cas system I-F of Escherichia coli. In 2014, I studied a genetics and molecular biology master degree in Universitat de València, developing a project in collaboration with La Fe hospital called “Exploring the use of baculoviruses for DNA editing through CRISPR-Cas”. I am currently beneficiary of a FPI grant (Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness) on the Biomedicine and Biotechnology programme, under the supervision of Salva Herrero. Our studies are focused on studying the expression and functions of insect sensing genes, such as neuropeptides, in the organism Spodoptera exigua (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae) when interacting with viral or bacterial pathogens, and their potential uses as a pest control tool. I am interested in studying the insect-pathogen interaction, the effects on its physiology and on its immune system, and the uses of bioinformatics for evolution and genetic analysis, but also in finding new biotechnological methods for pest control.

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Insect-pathogen interaction
Development of new bioinsecticides