Short CV/Education and training

  • Dr. Susana Camarero has been devoted to the study of lignin biodegradation since her doctoral thesis carried out at CIB, CSIC under supervision of Prof. Angel T. Martínez. She described Pleurotus eryngii as a model for biotechnological application in the paper industry, based on its ability to delignify agricultural residues without degrading cellulose, and demonstrated the implication of ligninolytic peroxidases in the process. Later on she participated in the description of a new type of ligninolytic peroxidase (versatile peroxidase).

  • In the framework of several European projects, she was afterwards dedicated to the study of laccases, other ligninolytic enzymes from the multicopper oxidases superfamily and had contributed with numerous works on their biotechnological application in laccase-mediator systems. She was a pioneer in describing the concept of natural mediators, which have had great repercussion in this research field. She demonstrated the ability of these compounds derived from lignocellulose to promote the enzymatic degradation of recalcitrant aromatic contaminants or lignin from paper pulps, providing the first evidence on the oxidation mechanisms employed and indicating its possible use as a sustainable alternative to high-cost synthetic mediators.

  • During her Ramon y Cajal fellowship (2003 – 2008) she learned enzyme directed evolution techniques with Prof. Miguel Alcalde, ICP-CSIC. Since 2009 she is a Tenured Scientist at CIB-CSIC where she implemented this cutting-edge protein engineering technique in her group.

Selected publications

  • Camarero, S., D. Ibarra, M. J. Martínez, and A. T. Martínez. 2005. Lignin-derived compounds as efficient laccase mediators for decolorization of different types of recalcitrant dyes. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 2005 71:1775-1784. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.71.4.1775-1784.2005

  • Cañas AI, Camarero S. Laccases and their natural mediators: biotechnological tools for sustainable eco-friendly processes. Biotechnol Adv. 2010 Nov-Dec;28(6):694-705. doi: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2010.05.002.

  • Development of chimeric laccases by directed evolution. Pardo I, Vicente AI, Mate DM, Alcalde M, Camarero S. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2012 109: 2978-2986. DOI: 10.1002/bit.24588

  • Pardo I, Santiago G, Gentili P, Lucas F, Monza E, Medrano FJ, Galli C, Martínez AT, Guallar V, Camarero S. Re-designing the substrate binding pocket of laccase for enhanced oxidation of sinapic acid. Catal. Sci. Technol. 2016 6: 3900-3910. DOI: 10.1039/c5cy01725d

  • De Salas F, Pardo I, Salavagione HJ, Aza P, Amougi E, Vind J, Martínez AT and Camarero S. Advanced Synthesis of Conductive Polyaniline using Laccase as Biocatalyst. PLOS ONE 2016 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164958

  • Santiago G, de Salas F, Lucas MF, Monza E, Acebes S, Martínez AT, Camarero S, Guallar V. Computer-Aided Laccase Engineering: Toward Biological Oxidation of Arylamines. ACS Catalysis 2016 6: 5415-5423. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b01460

  • Lucas MF, Monza E, Jørgensen LJ, Ernst HA, Piontek K, Bjerrum MJ, Martinez AT, Camarero S and Guallar V. Simulating substrate recognition and oxidation in laccases: from description to design. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2017 13 (3), 1462–1467. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jctc.6b01158

  • Pardo I, Rodríguez-Escribano D, Aza P, de Salas F, Martínez AT and Camarero S. A highly stable hybrid laccase obtained by swapping the second cupredoxin domain. Sci. Reports 2018 8 (1). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-34008-3

  • De Salas F, Cañadas R, Santiago G, Virseda-Jerez A, Vind J, Gentili P, Martínez AT, Guallar V, Muñoz IG and Camarero S. Structural and biochemical insights into an engineered high-redox potential laccase overproduced in Aspergillus. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 141 (2019) 855–867. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2019.09.052.

  • De Salas F, Aza P, Gilabert JF, Santiago G, Kilic S, Sener ME, Vind J, Guallar V, Martínez AT and Camarero S. Engineering of a fungal laccase to develop a robust, versatile and highly-expressed biocatalyst for sustainable chemistry. Green Chemistry 2019, 21, 5374. DOI: 10.1039/c9gc02475a

Selected projects

  • INDOX project "Optimized oxidoreductases for medium and large scale industrial biotransformations" ( EC FP7, KBBE-2013-7-613549, (2013-16).

  • Coordinator of the Spanish Thematic Network REDLIGNOCEL ( on Biotechnology applied to lignocellulosic materials since 2011.

  • Co-leader of the Spanish national project GENOBIOREF “Basidiomycete genomes for Lignocellulose Biorefineries” (BIO2017-86559-R) 2018-2021.

  • Coordinator of the EU project WoodZymes ( on “Extremozymes for wood based building blocks: From pulp mill to board and insulation products” funded by the BBI-JU (H2020-BBI-JU-2017-792070) 2018-2021.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Ibero-American Congress on Biorefineries (2-CIAB) Jaén, April 2013

  • Member of the Scientific Committees of the "4th Lignobiotech Symposium on Biotechnology applied to Lignocelluloses" (June 2016), and "Lignobiotech 2018" (Helsinki)

  • Member (WP leader) of the SusPlast Platform for Sustainable Plastics (CSIC), since 2019

  • Member of the Spanish Societies SEM, SEBIOT and SEBBM

  • Representative of CSIC as a member of Bio Industries Consortium


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