Dr. Bernardo Pérez-Zamorano is a biology graduate from the Faculty of Sciences, UNAM (Mexico). Here he began his training in molecular biology and microbiology, developing his undergrad thesis in the group of Dr. Gabriel Guarneros at CINVESTAV. His studies during this stage involved the cloning and expression of minigenes in Escherichia coli.  

Afterward, he obtained a scholarship (CONACyT) to pursue graduate studies in the UK. He obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Biomolecular Technology at the University of Nottingham, where he did a short stay in a biotechnology company, studying the use of luciferase for cell detection. 

 

After this, he completed a PhD in biochemistry and microbiology at the University of Leeds, where he focused on modifying catalytic activities of prokaryotic aldolases by Directed Evolution, in the group of Dr. Alan Berry. 

 

Upon returning to México he obtained a postdoctoral fellowship at INSP (Cuernavaca), studying the molecular biology of the immune response in Malaria and Dengue mosquito vectors; in the group of Dr. Verónica Valverde. 

 

At the conclusion of his first postdoc, he became a lecturer at the Faculty of Sciences, UNAM; teaching Evolution, Microbiology, and Biotechnology at an undergrad level; over a 5 year period. During this time, he also worked at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Protein Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, UNAM; his project involved the phylogenetic analysis of a pair of protein families (aldolases and PBPs).  

 

After this stage, he joined the group of Dr. Luis Delaye in CINVESTAV-Irapuato as a visiting professor (2nd postdoctoral fellowship). For 2 years he was involved in the reconstruction of ancient organellar maize genomes, as well as in their phylogenomic analysis. 

 

Afterward, he became a lecturer at Tecnológico de Monterrey, campus Irapuato; both at the university and in its high school, for 2 and a half years. 

 

Dr. Pérez-Zamorano has published several articles in indexed international scientific journals, as well as a number of conference papers.  

 

Since September 2020, he joined the faculty at Arkansas State University – Querétaro and in January 2022 he became a full-time Assistant Professor of Biotechnology in this institution. 

 

He is a full-blown nerd in love of Sci-Fi and Horror literature, tabletop RPGs, video games and Rock music. 

Education

-Post doctorate: Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) Irapuato, Guanajuato. (Visiting professor) 

-Post doctorate: National Institute of Public Health (INSP) Cuernavaca, Morelos.  

  • Ph.D., Microbiology and Biochemistry, University of Leeds, UK. (Research institute of molecular and cellular biology, Astbury centre for structural molecular biology). 

  • M.Sc., Applied Biomolecular Technology, University of Nottingham, UK. (School of biosciences). 

  • B.Sc., Biology, U.N.A.M, Mexico. (Facultad de Ciencias – C.U.).

Teaching specialties

Genetics 

Molecular Biology 

Molecular Evolution 

Experimental methodologies 

Experimental design

Research interests

Origin, evolution and mechanism of minigenes  

Directed evolution of proteins 

Gene and protein evolution

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