About the Author
Chemical Engineer (Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso), M.SC Biochemical Engineering (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Full Professor of the Biochemical Engineering School and Head of the Biocatalysis Group at Biotechnology Nucleus of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso. Visiting professor at universities in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Peru Spain and Uruguay. Author of more than 100 publications in ISI journals and several book chapters, editor of two books in enzyme biocatalysis. Member of the editorial boards of Electronic Journal of Biotechnology (president), Process Biochemistry, Latin American Journal of Pharmacy and Colombian Journal of Biotechnology. 1997 Regional Award in Science and Technology. 2012 Appointed Honorary Professor at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru. Fields of expertise: enzyme biocatalysis, enzyme immobilization, bioreactor design. Recent fields of work are related to enzyme catalysis in organic synthesis, namely synthesis of semi-synthetic ss-lactam antibiotics and synthesis of lactose-derived oligosaccharides. Department alumnus and Wolfson student from Chile, Dr Raul Conejeros, undertook his PhD studies on Simulation, Optimisation and Control of Biological Process Systems. He was funded by Agencia Cooperation International in Chile. In 2009 he was officially given the full professorship at his current University, the School of Biochemical Engineering in Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile, where he started working back in 2005.