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Dr. Elia Tomás

Senior Assistant Researcher
Complutense University of Madrid. Madrid. Spain
Biofuels and biochemicals production form organic residues via lignocellulosic sugars and volatile fatty acids platforms
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Dr. Elia Tomás Pejó is Senior Assistant Researcher in the Biotechnological Process Unit at IMDEA Energy and has been awarded with the prestigious Ramón y Cajal grant in the 2019 Call being the first grantee in the area of Chemical Technology. Elia obtained a Master on Environmental Science in 2005 by the Universidad Jaime I of Castellón. She got her PhD with European Mention in Microbiology at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 2009 with a thesis work entitled “Bioethanol production from wheat straw: strategies for process integration”. During her PhD studies, she was visiting student at the Technical University of Denmark (Lyngby, Denmark) and at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden) where she worked with xylose fermenting yeasts optimizing its utilization for bioethanol production as well as improving its tolerance to inhibitors by evolutionary engineering. After that, she worked as post-doctorate at CIEMAT for one year. After her PhD studies, she joined the Industrial Biotechnology Group at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) for 3 years. In 2014, she was awarded with a MARIE Curie-AMAROUT grant to join the Biotechnological Processes Unit at IMDEA Energy where she is currently developing her career in the valorization of organic wastes for the production of biofuels and biochemicals.

Product of her fruitful scientific career Dr. Tomás-Pejó has authored more than 50 publications and has co-authored close to 50 communications to conferences and workshops most of them international. Dr Tomás-Pejó has participated in 18 European and National R&D projects being principal investigator or main researched from IMDEA Energy in 4 of them. Dr. Tomás-Pejó is co-inventor of 2 patents. She is Section Editor in Open Life Science Journal, member of the editorial board of the Journal FEMS Yeast Research and chair of the COST Action CA18229 YEAST4BIO.