NEWS + EVENTS

2020

July 27 – Cesar is interviewed by the Spanish Press (La Opinion and La Voz de Galicia) on winning the inaugural NEMO Prize.
July 23 – The lab wins Inaugural Nemirovsky Engineering and medicine Opportunity (NEMO Prize) and was highlighted by the Penn Bioengineering Blog, the Penn Center for Innovation, and Medium.
July 12 – Our new paper on "Physical methods for controlling bacterial colonization on polymer surfaces" is out in Biotechnology Advances.
July 9 – Cesar published a review entitled "The value of antimicrobial peptides in the age of resistance" in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.
July 7 – We just published a review on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Antimicrobial Peptides to Better Predict Efficacy.
July 5 – Cesar is interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer on the impact of tighter visa restrictions on his research lab team.
June 5 – Cesar was interviewed by Nature Communications Biology.
June 4 – Cesar's ACS Infectious Diseases Young Award and his selection to In Vivo's "Rising Leaders" in the life sciences list are highlighted by Penn Medicine.
May 11-17 – Numerous media outlets, including La Voz de Galicia, GCiencia, La Opinion, ABC interviewed Cesar and covered the recent announcement of his ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigators Award.
May 16 – Marcelo publishes a new paper in Bioengineering & Translational Medicine describing the previously undisclosed antiplasmodial and anticancer properties of venom from wasps.
May 8 – Lucia Ageitos and Cesar de la Fuente published an article in the Spanish newspaper La Opinion discussing the challenges of COVID-19 for science and our society as a whole.
May 7 – New paper published in Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry: "Host defence cryptides from human apolipoproteins: applications in medicinal chemistry".
May 5 – The lab was highlighted in the featured projects of the COVID-19 HPC Consortium.
May 4 – Cesar is selected as one of 30 Rising Leaders In The Life Science. More details.
April 25 – Cesar discussed in a Spanish newspaper the role of secondary bacterial infections in pandemics in general and COVID-19 in particular.
March 9 – Cesar spoke with Quanta Magazine about a new AI breakthrough and his related research.
March 5 – Cesar gave a talk at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics (CCMT) Seminar Series at UPenn.
March 3 – Cesar's Langer Prize was published in this week's issue of the Almanac.
March 2 – Cesar was selected as Scialog Fellow by RCSA, the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group and the Frederick Gardner Cottrell Foundation.
February 28 – Cesar gave a talk at the Penn Institute for Computational Science Colloquim Series at UPenn.
February 27 – Cesar spoke with Vox about a new AI breakthrough and his related research.
February 19 – Cesar gave a talk at the Inflammation Working Group Seminars at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA.
February 13 – Cesar gave a talk at the Frontiers in Science Seminar Series UPenn Dental Medicine at UPenn.
February 8 – Cesar was featured in the Penn CAMB Newsletter.
January 8 – Cesar's Langer Prize Fellowship was featured in the AlChE website.

2019

December 24 – The Machine Biology Group’s work was highlighted by the Dept. of BE at UPenn's round-up of the year features stories.
December 16 – Cesar and Esther were featured in Penn Bioengineering Blog for their publication in Trends in Immunology.
December 2 – The Machine Biology Group was featured in Penn Today.
November 19 – Cesar was featured in newspaper Quincemil.
November 10 – Cesar was awarded the inaugural Langer Prize by the AlChE Foundation.
November 8 – Marcelo Torres was invited to give a talk at the World Anti-Microbial Resistance Congress USA 2019.
November 2 – Cesar gave a keynote lecture as a recipient of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Young Investigators Award.
October 31 – Cesar gave a keynote lecture at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Young Investigators Award.
October 29-30 – Cesar was invited to be the chair at the AlChE Annual Meeting - Microbes at Biomedical Interfaces Topical Conference in Orlando, FL.
October 25 – Cesar was invited to give a talk at the Penn Institute of Immunology RIP Seminar Series.
October 14 – Cesar was selected by the editors of the Journal of Molecular Biology as one of the most remarkable early career researchers able to inspire and shape the direction of their respective fields.
October 10 – Cesar was invited to give a talk at I International Microiota Conference in A Coruna.
September 30 – Cesar was invited to give a talk at the Penn Prokaryotic Seminar Series.
September 25 – Cesar gave a talk at the Microbiome Talk UPenn.
September 17 – Cesar gave his TR35 Innovations Under 35 talk at EmTech.
September 4 – Cesar was featured in The Daily Pennsylvanian.
September 3 – Cesar's Penn Presidential Professorship highlighted by Penn Almanac.
August 23 – Cesar gave a talk at the CAMB-MVP Research Retreat in Swarthmore, PA.
August 14 – Official welcome from the Department of Bioengineering.
July 15 – Our paper In silico optimization of a guava antimicrobial peptide enables a combinatorial exploration for peptide design was named The Top 50: Chemistry and Materials Science papers from Nature Communications in 2018
July 12 – Cesar is invited to give the commencement speech for la Caixa Fellowship cerimony in Barcelona, Spain.
July 11 – Cesar was named Penn Presidential Professor.
June 25 – Cesar was named to the TR35 for “Top Young Innovators Under 35” by MIT Technology Review.
June 24 – Cesar gave a talk at the UPenn Biochemistry and Biophysics Seminar (UPenn).
May 14 – Cesar gave a talk at the International Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Conference (I4C).
May 6 – Cesar was named GEN Top 10 Under 40.
May 3 – Cesar gave a talk at the Clinical Neurosciences Training Seminar (CNTS) Seminar Series, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
February 24 - March 1 – Cesar is invited to speak at the 2019 Gordon Research Conference of Antimicrobial Peptides. Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco. Lucca (Barga), Italy.
February 22 – Cesar is invited to speak at ICTP-CSIC in Madrid, Spain.
February 7 – Cesar is invited to give an Amgen Seminar Series in Chemical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. Providence, RI, USA.
January 22 – Cesar is invited to give a talk at the 8th Annual Symposium Synthetic Biology Center at MIT. Cambridge, MA, USA.
January 3 – Marcelo's paper on Peptide Design Principles for Antimicrobial Applications is published in the Journal of Molecular Biology.

2018

December 7 – Marcelo's paper where we convert a toxic wasp venom peptide into a viable antibiotic is published in Nature Communications Biology. A Behind the Paper piece was published accompanying the paper. This work was covered by numerous news outlets including MIT News, Boston HeraldForbes, Daily MailLa Voz de Galicia (in Spanish), La Opinión (in Spanish), El Correo Gallego (in Spanish) and others, and was a trending topic on Reddit.
December 7 – Cesar is invited to give a talk at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Boston Area Antibiotic Resistance Network. The Starr Center 185 Cambridge St, Boston, MA, USA.
November 16-17 – Cesar is invited to give the Keynote Address at the XLV Reunión Anual SOGAPAR. Ferrol, Galicia, Spain.
November 7-8 – Cesar is invited to give a talk at the Penn 5th Microbiome Symposium. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, USA.
October 29-30 – Cesar is invited to give a talk at the AIChE Annual Meeting - Microbes at Biomedical Interfaces Topical Conference, and is also invited to serve as AIChE Session CoChair. Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
October 18 – Cesar is invited to give a talk at the Microbial Systems Seminar Series at MIT. Cambridge, MA, USA.
October 11 – Cesar is invited to give a talk at the Penn Psychiatry Research Day. Philadelphia, PA, USA.
October 9 – Cesar is invited to give a talk at the MIT Biological Engineering Retreat in Boston, MA, USA.
May 30 – Cesar is invited to give the  Keynote Address, Annual Infectious Diseases Consortium (IDC) retreat at the Harvard Infectious Diseases Consortium. Harvard Medical School. Boston, MA, USA.
April – Cesar is invited to give a talk  at University of Pennsylvania.
March – Cesar is invited to give a talk at Cornell University.
March – Cesar is invited to give a talk at University of Colorado Boulder.
March – Cesar is invited to give a talk at Colorado State University.
March – Cesar is invited to give a talk at University of California, Berkeley.
February – Cesar is invited to give a talk at Carnegie Mellon University.
February – Cesar is invited to give a talk at Vanderbilt University.
February – Cesar is invited to give a talk at Boston University.
January – Cesar is invited to give a talk at Boston College.

2017

December – Our new review on Neuromicrobiology: how microbes influence the brain is out! The paper was selected to be featured in ACS Editors’ Choice.
December – Our collaboration with MIT colleagues is published in Advanced Materials: 3D printing of living responsive materials and devices.
Here is the MIT News coverage!
November – Our work was featured in Popular Science!
November – Our work was featured in MIT News!
November – Cesar has been selected as a top Spanish innovator.
November – Cesar was featured in a Spanish documentary about antibiotic resistance. Here are the trailer and a section of the documentary.
November – Cesar is Interviewed by Dr. Stephen Hoare and Dr. Sophie Rose during the 8th International Meeting on Antimicrobial Peptides (IMAP 2017) in Copenhagen in August 2017.
November – Cesar is invited to attend the 2017 Boston Latino 30 Under 30 ceremony.
October – Cesar attends the Boston Area Antibiotic Resistance Network Annual Meeting 2017 at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
October – Our new paper on constrained antimalarial agents derived from the peptide hormone angiotensin II is published in Scientific Reports.
September – Cesar gives a talk at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA, USA.
August – Our new paper describing a computational-experimental platform for the discovery of novel peptide antibiotics in complex biological information is published in ACS Synthetic Biology.
Here is MIT News coverage.
August – Cesar is invited to give a talk at the 7th International Meeting on Antimicrobial Peptides in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Coverage by MIT News and by La Voz de Galicia.
July – Cesar is invited to participate as Discussion Leader in the “Synthetic Biology” Gordon Research Seminar (GRS).  Stoweflake Conference Center, Stowe, VT, USA.
July – Cesar participates in the 5th annual workshop on “Micro- and Nanotechnologies for Medicine: Emerging Frontiers and Applications”, organized by the Biomaterials Innovation Research Center, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
July – Our paper describing CO2-reactive ionic liquid surfactants that can reversibly bind to DNA upon bubbling with CO2 and N2 is published in Langmuir.
July – Cesar is invited to give a talk at the University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT, USA.
June – Our new paper on antibiofilm ciprofloxacin-nitroxide hybrids is out in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.
June – Our new review on precision antimicrobials is out in Current Opinion in Microbiology. Great collaboration with Francis Mojica, co-discoverer of CRISPR.
June – Cesar completes the MIT Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program (KTCP)!
May – Cesar is invited to serve in the committee for Alex Guevara’s Master’s thesis defense at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
May – Cesar is invited to give a talk at the 13th Annual Protein Engineering Summit. Boston, MA, USA.
April – Our latest work describing a genetic algorithm-based computational approach for "evolving" naturally occurring peptides into "artificial" antibiotic candidates is published in Nature Communications.
April – Cesar is invited to give a talk at Massachusetts General Hospital. Charlestown, MA, USA.
April – Cesar is invited to give an Invited Seminar at Penn State University, PA, USA.
March – Cesar is selected as an ACS Nano Fellow and is invited to the first ACS Nano Kavli Futures Symposium. ACS Nano Kavli Futures Symposium. University of California-Los Angeles, CA, USA.
March – Cesar is invited to give an Invited Seminar at the California Institute of Technology. Pasadena, CA, USA.
January – Our paper describing a novel yeast-based synthetic biology platform for antimicrobial peptide production is published in ACS Synthetic Biology!
January – Our paper on versatile and on-demand biologics co-production in yeast is published in Nature Communications.

2016

December – Cesar gives a talk at Antibacterial Discovery and Development Summit. Boston, MA, USA
October – Cesar was invited to attend EmTech at MIT Media Lab!
October – Cesar was selected as MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35. Madrid, Spain. Read Article
July – Cesar gives a talk at Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia. Barcelona, Spain.
June – Cesar presents at the International Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting. Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
June – Cesar gives a talk at University of Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.
May – Cesar gives a talk at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
March – Cesar gives a talk at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.
February – Cesar participates as a panelist in ECUSA CRISPR Symposium.
January – Cesar gives a talk at the Synthetic Biology Center. MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA.

2015

December – Cesar presents at the Spanish National Biotechnology Centre, CSIC. Madrid, Spain.
July – Cesar presents at the Synthetic Biology Group. MIT. Cambridge, MA, USA.
June – Cesar gives a talk at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
June – Cesar gives a talk at University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
March – Cesar gives a talk at University of A Coruña, University Hospital, Spain.

2014

December – Cesar presents at the Young Investigators Seminar. Barrié Foundation and University of A Coruña, Spain.
September – Cesar presents at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.