Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology

Staff Profile

Dr Victor Hernandez-Rocamora

Research Associate


I am a Research Associate in the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology in Newcastle University since 2014 and I am part of the group of Waldemar Vollmer. Here I study the proteins involved in the metabolism of peptidoglycan in bacteria using a biophysical approach with a focus on the membrane-associated steps of peptidoglcyan synthesis.

Before, I worked as a post-doc in the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CSIC) in Madrid (Spain) from 2009 until 2014. My group leader was German Rivas. In his group, I used biophysical and biochemical methods to study cell division in Escherichia coli. I was involved in studying the interaction between membrane proteins reconstitued in nanodiscs and soluble components of the cell division ring. I also studied inhibitors of FtsZ polymerisation such as MinC and the Kil peptide from the lambda phage using biophisical methods.

I obtained my PhD in Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular in Universidad Miguel Hernández in Elche (Spain), from 2004 to 2009. The title of my thesis was “Structural and functional study of proteins of biotechnological interest. Applications and optimization”. My thesis supervisor was Jesus M. Sanz. On the one hand, I used protein engineering of the choline-biding domain of LytA from Streptococcus pneumoniae in order to develop new biotechnological applications. On the other hand, I was involved in the structural and biophysical study of PaaX, a transcriptional regulator for the catabolism of phenylacetic acid in Escherichia coli.

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