Dr. Juan Mangas-Sanchez, biographical sketch

Juan Mangas-Sanchez obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Oviedo (Spain) under the supervision of Vicente Gotor-Fernandez on biocatalytic routes to synthesise optically active alcohols employing alcohol dehydrogenases and lipases. Then he moved to Lund University in Sweden to work in Professor Patrick Adlercreutz’s group on the optimisation of chemoenzymatic processes to obtain biodiesel, tailored triglycerides and prebiotics using hydrolases. In 2015, he moved to the UK to work as a research associate at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology in the group of Professor Nicholas Turner on the discovery, engineering, characterisation and applications of novel biocatalysts for the production of amines. He has recently been appointed as permanent researcher at the Institute of Chemical Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis (ISCQH-CSIC) in Zaragoza under the ARAID program where he develops his independent career focusing on the combination of biocatalysis with other chemocatalytic strategies and the optimisation of industrially relevant enzymes via directed evolution.