Career

Juan studied his B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Almeria (Spain) and received a First Class Honours degree in 2007. Upon completion of his M.Sc. in Physical Chemisty in 2009, he was awarded with a PhD scholarship by CSIC (Spanish Research Council), to work under the supervision of Dr Pedro Nieto and Dr Jesús Angulo at the Instituto de Investigaciones Químicas (Institute for Research in Chemistry) in Spain. Juan´s research was focus on the characterisation of the structure and dynamics of oligosaccharides and their interactions with biological receptors by combining ligand-observed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) experiments (STD NMR, WaterLOGSY) and molecular modelling methods (docking, molecular dynamics).

In 2013, Juan was appointed by Prof. Anthony Watts (Dept. of Biochemistry of the University of Oxford) to work as a Research Associate. Here, Juan specialised on molecular modelling of membrane proteins and on the preparation, purification and biophysical characterisation (NMR, radioligand binding, MicroScale Themorphoresis, Dynamic Light Scattering) of protein-embedded lipid nanoparticles. 

In 2016, Juan moved to the School of Pharmacy at UEA to work as a Senior Research Associate at Prof. Yaroslav Khimyak´s group. Here, Juan works within the GelEnz consortium (www.gelenz.com), an EPSRC-funded multidisciplinary project to design carbohydrate-based hydrogel materials of commercial value. His work is focused on the structural characterisation of solid, semisolid and hydrogel materials by a combination of solution and solid-state NMR, and on the development of novel NMR methods to study soft-matter materials. Also, Juan works on characterisation of enzyme - substrate interactions by combining STD NMR experiments and molecular modelling.

 

 

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