Sebastian Guzman – a new team member

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We have a great pleasure to introduce our new Team Member – Sebastian Guzman, who have recently joined Max Planck Research Group as a Master student. Sebastian will work with us on a project focused on the process of urmylation of the Ubiquitin-like protein Urm1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Here is what Sebastian wants us to know about himself.

 Since I was a teenager back in Mexico during my high school, I was amazed by all the possibilities and improvements that science has brought to humanity. I decided I wanted to be a scientist and do something that would benefit and improve people’s lives. I studied for my bachelor’s degree at Universidad de las Americas, Puebla in Mexico where I was part of a research team under Dr. Sanchez Salas supervision, investigating and isolating bacteriocins in different bacterial species, in my case Pseudomonas aeruginosa. I learned there a lot about how real science looks like and what it really takes to be a scientist. I was fortunate to be granted a scholarship for an internship at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands where I worked for two months on the relation between drug resistance and iron transport in Bacillus subtilis, specifically the role of the sRNA s313 in the iron transport of B. subtilis under the supervision of Dr. Bimal Prajapati in the Molecular Bacteriology research group of Dr. Jan Maarten van Dijl. This internship permitted me to work with state-of-the-art methods and technology that otherwise I would not have been able to learn in my country.

After these experiences, I took a break and worked as a Spanish teacher in a private school in Gdansk, Poland and now I am currently studying for my master’s degree at Jagiellonian University. So, after living for three years in Poland I am very glad to be here and I really enjoy the country, its food and the people who have been very kind to me.

I have recently joined the Max Planck Research Group and I am excited to be part of it. I was attracted by the remarkable research projects and the internationality of the group. As I wanted to change a little bit the course of my career, I am convinced that working in an important and well-known lab as well as learning from experienced and talented scientists will give a boost to my career. I will be working on the urmylation process of the Ubiquitin-like protein Urm1 and its mechanisms under oxidative stress. 

I have always thought what makes you a better and more professional person is how you manage the experiences and take the opportunities given throughout your life, and this is a lifetime opportunity that I am excited to take. 

We are happy to have Sebastian with us!