Patricia Bernal

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Name: Patricia Bernal Guzmán
Job position: “Society Research Challenges” Research Fellow, Group Leader
Workplace: Universidad de Sevilla

Scientific background: Patricia is a Young PI in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Seville.

She did her PhD in the Environmental Protection Department at EEZ-CSIC in Granada and continued her formation with a 3 year- postdoctoral stay at UCL (UK), funded by an MRC project grant. In 2010, she moved back to Granada (EEZ-CSIC) as a “Juan de la Cierva” Fellow. Later on, she was awarded a short-term EMBO fellowship to visit the lab of Prof. Filloux (Imperial College London, UK), where she remained after being awarded a Talent Hub (2015) and a Marie curie Fellowship (2016) and an MRC grant (2018). She moved back to Spain as an InterTalentum Fellow (2019) at the Autonomous University of Madrid and recently started a position as a Young Principal Investigator (2019) in the Department of Microbiology in the University of Seville after being awarded a research grant (“Research Challenges” 2018 R+D+i Projects).

Her research focus on the development of enhanced biocontrol agents to protect crops against plant pathogen infections. She studies the type VI secretion system, a potent antimicrobial weapon used by biocontrol agents to annihilate plant pathogens. These studies have the potential to lead to alternative ways of treating plant diseases without using chemical pesticides to avoid the extremely nocive effects of these products in the environment.