Micronautes (or also μNautes *) is an initiative that was created with the aim of making current news, curiosities, basic concepts and the history of the world of microbiology available to the general public. Keeping scientific rigor, but always maintaining a point of humor, we emark on this trip!
Micronautes is formed by microbiologists passionate for scientific outreach:
Andrea Aran Garriga. I graduated in Microbiology in 2013 at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) with the first promotion of microbiologists. I did a Master’s Degree in Advanced Immunology the following year. I am currently a predoctoral student in Advanced Immunology at the Biotechnology and Biomedicine Institute of the UAB. My research focuses on the role of lymphocytes and the immune system in breast cancer. Despite having professionally abandoned microbiology, I have not done it personally.
Eloi Parladé Molist, PhD. First promotion graduate of the degree in Microbiology at the UAB (2009-2013). I did the Master’s Degree in Applied Microbiology and studied wastewater treatment systems in my doctoral thesis. Nowadays I work with recombinant protein developing a product to treat metastasis in colorectal cancer pacients. My great motivation? Being able to combine my passions: art and scientific outreach.
Marta Llorens Fons, PhD. I graduated in Biology, by the UAB, and I obtained my doctorate in Microbiology, in this same university, in 2018. My thesis was based on the study of the lipid compounds of the mycobacterial wall and their relationship with virulence. Since I was little I was interested in biology, thanks to the science dissemination magazines that made it more understandable to me. Now I want to be the one to bring science closer to those who may not be so familiar with it. That is why I am immersing myself in the world of scientific communication and dissemination.
*For the most curious, the “u” in unautes.com represents the twelfth letter of the Greek alphabet: μ (“mu”). In science, it indicates a millionth unit and its use is very common in microbiology. A bacterium typically ranges from 0.5 to 5 μm!