Tuesday, 03 May 2022 14:03

Víctor de Lorenzo, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Denmark Technical University

New honorate doctorades, Víctor de Lorenzo (second by the right) and Sang Yup Lee (extreme left) with Danish prince Frederik and the DTU rector New honorate doctorades, Víctor de Lorenzo (second by the right) and Sang Yup Lee (extreme left) with Danish prince Frederik and the DTU rector Denmark Technical University (DTU)

Víctor de Lorenzo, group leader at the CNB-CSIC has received an honorary doctorate from the Denmark Technical University (DTU in a ceremony held at the Lyngby campus in April 2022. The ceremony was hosted by DTU Board Chair Karin Markides, Vice Rector Anders Bjarklev, Vice Rector Rasmus Larsen and Director of the Polytechnic Association, Andreas Ipsen.

At the event, the university's new doctorates were celebrated and two honorary doctorates were awarded to researchers from another university with a long and close relationship with DTU: Sang Yup Lee, researcher and vice president of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) for his contributions in systems engineering and Víctor de Lorenzo, CSIC research professor at the CNB for his pioneering activities in molecular biology, his contribution to biotechnology and environmental microbiology.

Scientific career

Víctor de Lorenzo is a chemist and research professor at the CSIC, and heads the Molecular Environmental Microbiology group at the CNB-CSIC. He doctorated at the Institute of Enzymology (CSIC), and has worked as a researcher at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Geneva and the Center for Biotechnology in Braunschweig before joining the CSIC in 1991. Since then, his research has focused on the molecular biology and biotechnological potential of soil microorganisms (such as Pseudomonas putida) to be used in the bioremediation of contaminated soils.

His work explores the interface between Synthetic Biology and Environmental Biotechnology on a global scale and has been recognized with numerous awards, such as the National Award Rey Jaime I for Environmental Protection (2001), the GSK International Award of the American Society for Microbiology, the Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences, both in 2008. He is a member of EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) and of the American and European Academies of Microbiology. He has published more than 400 articles in scientific journals and specialized books and has served as advisor of numerous international panels.

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