Gerard Santiago

SM I Scientific Manager

    Gerard Santiago obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry by the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2019. Currently, he is a researcher in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and Scientific Manager in Nostrum Biodiscovery (NBD), where he is in the head of the enzyme engineering division.

    His scientific career revolves around different levels of Green Biotechnology, such as new enzyme discovery for industrial applications in extreme environments, production of high-value compounds on eukaryotic strains grow it in waste materials and enzyme design (focused on oxidoreductases and esterases) for the eco-friendly industry.

    In the enzyme engineering field, he has achieved notorious success with several improved enzyme variants developed, the generation of a computational protocol to determine substrate promiscuity and, the creation of the PluriZymes, monomeric enzymes with two fully functional active sites. During his scientific career, he has published several articles in peer-review journals, such as Nature Catalysis, ACS Catalysis, ACS Chemical Biology, Biochemistry or Green Chemistry.