Prof. Janeth Sanabria Gómez

Universidad del Valle-Sede Meléndez - Colombia

My current research topics are focused on sustainable use of microbial biodiversity and bioremediation. Understanding of microbial ecology along with the use of molecular techniques and the development of new culture methods to grow useful microorganisms in controlled reactors and propose a microbial mix-culture adaptation in a biofactory model development as a strategy for microbiological application of waste valorization in Colombia and tropical countries. Founded and director of the GAOX group. The GAOX research team is ranked A1 by Colciencias (highest grade). For the past 15 years, I have been the Director of the “Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Laboratory” and currently director of the postgraduate program of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering. I have leaders more than 23 research projects (7 international: 2 with EPFL (Switzerland), 1 with UNESCO-IHE 1 with Nijmegen Institute (Netherlands), 1 with Potsdam Leibniz Institute (Germany),  1 with Argentina and Venezuela). Dr. Sanabria directed >30 postgraduate and >25 undergraduate theses, co-authored > 31 publications, three book chapters and >50 contributions in conferences.  Working for over 20 years on bioremediation strategies. I have coordinated an institutional exchange program between Univalle and EPFL for >5 years. Played an integral part and contributed to environmental conservation programs in various committees and a member for three years to the National Council of Biotechnology Committee. Currently, President of the of the Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Latin American Association.

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