Dr. Luis O. De Serrano is from Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico and did his undergraduate (BS, Industrial Biotechnology, 2004) and graduate (MS, Industrial Pharmacy, 2010) degrees in the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez and UPR-Medical Sciences Campus, respectively. During his undergraduate research he specialized in antibiotic resistant patterns in Puerto Rico beaches. At the graduate level his specialty was in nanoparticle- and microparticle-based new drug delivery systems for ibuprofen. After completing his degrees, he was a consultant in validations and engineering in various pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies (Abbott, GSK and Eli Lilly) around the island. Then he pursued his Ph. D. in microbiology from Montana State University-Bozeman (2015). His interests were siderophore production and characterization from halophiles, and their vesicle self-assembly where he employed biological assays, dynamic light scattering (DLS), tandem liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and epifluorescence microscopy. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Montana in Missoula, where he is investigating liposome-based vaccines for different bacterial infections. Here he is utilizing lipid hydration methods for liposome formation, and dynamic light scattering, differential scanning calorimetry, zeta potential and LC/MS for liposome analysis and characterization. During his free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing with his family and enjoys everything Montana has to offer.
• Biotechnology and application of extremophiles and their secondary metabolites • Iron and siderophore metabolism in microorganisms • Vaccine development and characterization • Liposomes, nanoparticles and microparticles