Jose C. Jimenez-Lopez
Dr. Jose C. Jimenez-Lopez finished his PhD degree in Plant Science in 2008 at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), which focused in the study of the actin-binding protein profilin in olive from functional and allergenic point of views. During this predoctoral period, he visited as an invited researcher different EU and US laboratories such as the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Botany (IZMB), University of Bonn, Germany (2005); the University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences (2006); and the College of Sciences, Purdue University in the USA. Soon after, he moved to the USA to start his postdoctoral research at Purdue University, the College of Sciences, until 2011 to work in the biochemical and cellular characterization of actin-binding proteins involved in plant actin cytoskeleton dynamics and signaling throughout membrane association. In 2012, he was awarded with an EU research grant from the Marie Curie program to work until 2015 in the University of Western Australia and CSIC in a project related to the human health benefits of legume seed–derived foods and molecular aspects of allergy and cross allergenicity to legume seed proteins. Currently, Jose is working at the Estación Experimental del Zaidín (EEZ), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), as a senior research fellow thanks to a grant awarded from the “Ramon y Cajal” research program (MINECO), focusing in the functionality, health benefits, and allergy implications of proteins from reproductive tissues (pollen and seeds) in crop species (mainly legumes) of agro-industrial interest.