CV

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EDUCATION

  • 2012-Present. PhD Student in bacteriology. Thesis title: “Evolution and adaptation within bacterial genomes.” Supervisors: Diarmaid Hughes and Linus Sandegren. Institution: Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University.
  • 2007-2012. BSc. + MSc. Biology, with honors. University of Granada, Spain
  • 2010-2011. ERASMUS Student. Uppsala University, Sweden.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • 2016. Kurt Nordström Award to the best poster presentation.
  • 2015 & 2016. Anna Maria Lundin’s travel grant. Smålands Nation. Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 2015. Award to best oral presentation. I Meeting of the Society of Spanish Researchers in Sweden. Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 2012. Scholarship for English course in foreign countries (San Jose, California, U.S.A.) – Ministry of Education. Spain.
  • 2011. Introduction to research fellowship. University of Granada, Spain.
  • 2011. JAE-Intro research fellowship. Spanish National Research Council, Spain.
  • 2010. ERASMUS scholarship. European Union, Ministry of Education, Junta de Andalucía and University of Granada.
  • 2009 & 2010. Award for the best results during the academic course. University of Granada, Spain.
  • 2009 & 2010. Scholarship for English immersion course. Menéndez Pelayo International University, Spain.
  • 2009. Grant for scientific entertainer practice – Science Museum, Caja General De Granada and University of Granada, Spain.
  • 2007 & 2008. Scholarships for English courses in foreign countries (Oxford, England and Boston, U.S.A.) – Ministry of Education. Spain.
  • 2006. Scholarship for an English course in Edinburgh, Scotland – Junta de Andalucía, Spain.

PREVIOUS RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • 2009-2012. Internal Student: Evolutionary Genetics Group, Department of Genetics, University of Granada, Spain. Project: Study of the evolution of the 5S non-transcribed spacer (NTS) in grasshoppers. Supervisor: Dr. Juan Pedro Martínez Camacho 
  • 2011. JAE-Intro fellow: Institute of Parasitology and Biomedicine “López Neyra”, Spanish National Research Council. Granada, Spain. Project: Inhibition of Hepatitis C Virus replication with RNA aptamers. Supervisor: Dr. Alfredo Berzal Herranz
  • 2011. Degree Project Student: Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University. Project: Ribonuclease E: reversion of a temperature-sensitive phenotype by external suppressors in Salmonella typhimurium. Supervisor: Dr. Diarmaid Hughes

TEACHING and SUPERVISION EXPERIENCE

  • 2017. Supervision of practical student project “Fitness and evolution of bacteria with rearranged chromosomes”. Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology. Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • 2014, 2015 & 2016. Teaching assistant at the course “Bacteriology” within the Biomedical Program at Uppsala University. Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology. Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • 2013, 2014 & 2015. Teaching assistant at the course “Clinical Microbiology” within the Pharmacy Program at Uppsala University. Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology. Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • 2014 & 2015. Teaching assistant at the summer course “Advanced Bacterial Genetics”. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, USA.
  • 2011. 20 hours of teaching basic genetics to high school students during the Science Week. Department of Genetics, University of Granada, Spain.
  • 2010. Lab assistant within the course “Animal Physiology” – Rat dissection module. University of Granada, Spain.

OUTREACH and POPULAR SCIENCE

  • 2016. Organiser of the Workshop on Scientific Communication and Outreach in collaboration with the Society of Spanish Scientists in Sweden. SciLifeLab, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 2016. The world of Microbes. Workshop on microbial study diversity and evolution within the Uppsala Science Festival. Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 2015. Ask a Scientist! Workshop on skin cells’ DNA extraction. Tom Tits Experiment Center. Södertälje, Sweden.
  • 2015. E’en the least of tiny creatures. Workshop on microbial diversity during the Culture Night. Museum of Evolution, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 2012. XV Science Fair, Genetics stand. Science Museum, Granda, Spain.
  • 2011. Sportlovskemi på Museum Gustavianum, Genetics stand. Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 2010. Main organizer of the First Photo Contest and Exhibition “Granada: Science and Image”. Granada, Spain.
  • 2010. Member of the organization of the meeting “Blogs & Science”. Granada, Spain.
  • 2009. Internship as Scientific Cheerleader at Parque de las Ciencias (interactive science museum). Granada, Spain.

SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS AND CONGRESSES

  • 2017. Garmendia, E., Kacar, B., Tunçbağ N., Andersson, D.I. & Hughes, D. Functional constraints on replacing an essential gene with its ancient and modern homologs. 1st Young Researchers Day and 5th ELSI Symposium. Tokyo, Japan. [Poster]
  • 2016. Garmendia, E., Kacar, B., Tunçbağ N., Andersson, D.I. & Hughes, D. Functional constraints on replacing an essential gene with its ancient and modern homologs. 2nd Day Meeting of the Swedish Society of Microbiology (SFM). Stockholm, Sweden. [Poster]
  • 2016. Garmendia, E. & Hughes. D. Importance of location and orientation of highly expressed genes in Salmonella typhimurium. 2nd ASM Meeting on Experimental Microbial Evolution. Washington DC, USA. [Poster]
  • 2016. Garmendia, E. & Hughes. D. Importance of location and orientation of highly expressed genes in Salmonella typhimurium. Analytical Genetics Meeting. Roturoa, New Zealand. [Poster and Short talk]
  • 2015. Garmendia, E. & Hughes. D. Importance of location and orientation of highly expressed genes in Salmonella typhimurium. Day Meeting of the Swedish Society of Microbiology (SFM). Stockholm, Sweden. [Short talk]
  • 2015. Garmendia, E. & Hughes. D. Importance of location and orientation of highly expressed genes in Salmonella typhimurium. I Meeting of the Society of Spanish researchers in Sweden. Stockholm, Sweden. [Short talk]
  • 2014. Garmendia, E. & Hughes. DAmelioration mechanisms of the cost of plasmid carriage in Escherichia coli. National Infection Biology Meeting. Märstrand, Sweden. [Poster]
  • 2013. Garmendia, E. & Hughes. D. Amelioration mechanisms of the cost of plasmid carriage in Escherichia coli. Analytical Genetics Meeting. Alta, Utah, USA. [Poster and Short talk]
  • 2013. Garmendia, E. & Hughes. D. Amelioration mechanisms of the cost of plasmid carriage in Escherichia coli. Mikrobiologiskt Vårmöte (Microbiology Spring Meeting), Swedish Society of Microbiology (SFM). Örebro, Sweden. [Poster]
  • 2010. Garmendia, E. Intra-Individual variation of the 5S spacer region in the grasshopper Eyprepocnemis plorans. The Science Conference. Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University. Uppsala, Sweden. [Short talk]

SPECIALISATION COURSES

Post-graduate Courses

  • 2016. Bacterial Zoonotic Infections. National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics. Uppsala University. Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 2015. Outreach and Science Communication Workshop. 14th Conference of Aquatic Microbial Ecology SAME14. Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 2013Visualize your Science. Science and Technology faculty, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • 2013.  Introduction to Scientific Research. Medical faculty, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • 2013. Introduction to Recombineering. Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • 2011. Workshop on Quantitative Trait Locus (QTL) mapping. Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University. Uppsala, Sweden.

Under-graduate Courses

  • 2011. Diseases of the 21st Century. Science Faculty, University of Granada. Granada, Spain
  • 2009. Science in the crime. Science Faculty, University of Granada. Granada, Spain.
  • 2008. Biology, beyond the degree. Science Faculty, University of Granada. Granada, Spain.

OTHERS

  • 2014-Present. Founder member and secretary of the Society of Spanish Researchers in Sweden.
  • 2013-Present. Chairperson of the PhD Student Association Board at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • 2014-2015. Coordinator of the Photography Group at Kalmar Nation, Uppsala.
  • 2011. Main organizer of the under-graduate course “Diseases of the 21st Century”. Granada University, Spain.
  • 2009 & 2010. Member of the Faculty Students Committee.
  • 2007-2010. Member of the Biology Academic Committee.
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