Beneath the Lab Coat- Episode 1: Francisco Pera
First up in our beneath the labcoat series is our resident master cloner, Francisco Pera. Hailing from Lisbon,Portugal, where he studied up to Honours level. He then moved to Cape Town, South Africa where he obtained his BSc (Hons) at UCT in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology working on a new rotavirus vaccine made of virus-like particles (VLPs) under the supervision of Dr. Inga Hitzeroth and Prof. Ed Rybicki.
Francisco has been with us since the beginning and his contributions to Cape Bio Pharms have been immense. Being the DNA guy, he is in charge of ensuring all of our DNA is codon optimised, as well as having the right restriction sites for cloning. He helped our consultant, Markus Sack, to design our expression vector, pCBP, and has already created 7 more iterations of this vector to streamline our cloning!
Francisco hails from Portugal and has been with us since the beginning.