About me

Hi, my name is Javier del Campo and I was born in Manresa a couple of years before the microbial loop concept appeared. I have been always interested in microbial ecology and the origin of life.

Here you can find a portfolio of my scientific research as well as some opinion on science policy. Eventually I also write about comic books and graphic novels.

CURRENT POSITION

      • Organization: University of British Columbia.
      • Professional category and date of incorporation: PostDoctoral Fellow (July 2013).
      • Research project: Coral Associated Apicomplexan-related lineages.
      • Supervisors: Prof. Patrick Keeling.
      • Address: 3529-6270 University Boulevard. Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4. Canada

EDUCATION

      • 2011 PhD in Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • 2005 MSc in Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • 2003 BSc in Biology, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

      • Jan 14 Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowships, European Comission (European Union).
      • Jul 13-Dec 13 CDME Postdoctoral Fellowship, Centre for Microbial Diversity and Evolution (Canada).
      • Jan 07-Dec 10 I3P PhD fellowship, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), MICINN (Spain).
      • May 08 Travel award, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), MICINN (Spain).
      • Jul 04-Dec 06 PhD fellowship, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Sep 02-Aug 03 Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Dec 00 Best science students awards, Caixa de Manresa (Manresa, Spain).
      • Dec 99 Best science students awards, Caixa de Manresa (Manresa, Spain).

PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS

      • 2011 – 2013 Populations ecology of model marine heterotrophic flagellates, FLAME (CGL2010-16304, MICINN). PI: Dr. Ramon Massana. Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC).
      • 2008 – 2010 Isolation, identification and host-specificity of viruses infecting marine microorganisms, MICROVIS (CTM2007-62140/MAR, MEC). PI: Dr. Dolors Vaqué. Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC).
      • 2004 – 2007 Biodiversity, spatiotemporal structure and functional stability of Ebro Delta and Camargue microbial mats (CGL2005-04990/BOS, MCYT). PI: Dr. Ricard Guerrero. Universitat de Barcelona.

PREVIOUS RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

      • Dec 11-Jun 13 PostDoctoral Fellow at Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, UPF-CSIC (Barcelona, Spain). Research project: A Comparative Genomic Analysis into the Origin of Metazoan Multicellularity. Supervisor: Dr. Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo.
      • Mar 11-Nov 11 PostDoctoral Fellow at Departament de Genètica, Institut de Recerca de la Biodiversitat, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). Research project: A Comparative Genomic Analysis into the Origin of Metazoan Multicellularity. Supervisor: Dr. Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo.
      • Jan 06-Feb 11 PhD student at Marine Biology and Oceanography Department, Institut de Ciències del Mar – CSIC (Barcelona, Spain). Research project: Ecology and Diversity of Cultured Heterotrophic Flagellates. Supervisor: Dr. Ramon Massana.
      • Sep 08-Nov 08 Visiting researcher at JJ MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (West Boothbay Harbour, Maine, USA). Research project: Sorting, Isolation and Culture of fastidious Heterotrophic Flagellates. Supervisor: Dr. Michael Sieracki.
      • Aug 07-Aug 07 Visiting researcher at Diversity of Oceanic Plankton group, Station Biologique de Roscoff-CNRS (Roscoff, France). Research project: Development of KeyDNATools software (www.keydnatools.com) for Protists Squences Annotation. Supervisor: Dr. Laure Guillou.
      • Sep 03-Dec 05 PhD student at the Microbiology Department. Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). Research project: Isolation, Characterization and Ecology of PHA (Polyhydroxyalkanoates) Producer and Degrader Bacteria in Microbial Mats. Supervisor: Prof. Ricard Guerrero.
      • Feb 05-Apr 05 Visiting researcher at the Environmental Bioltecnology Laboratory, Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas – CSIC (Madrid, Spain). Research project: Development of a New Biodegradable Insectide based on PHA. Supervisor: Dr. Mª Auxiliadora Prieto.
      • Jul 03-Aug 03 Training student at the Kolter lab, Genetics and Microbiology Departemnt Harvard Medical School (Boston, Massachussets, USA). Research project: Pseudomonas aeruginosa Chemotaxis and Chemochinesis. Supervisor: Prof. Roberto Kolter and Dr. Deborah Hogan.
      • Feb 02-Jun 03 Training student at the Microbial Ecology Groups, Microbiology Department. Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). Research project: Isolation, Characterization and Ecology Microbial Mats filamentous Cyanobacteria. Supervisor: Prof. Ricard Guerrero.

COURSES

      • Apr 14 BRITE Introdution to R Workshop. University of British Columbia (UBC) (Vancouver, Canada).
      • Jun 12 Leading for Success in Science. Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) (Barcelona, Spain).
      • May 12 Strenghthening the European Research Area: What does science need to flourish? Initiative for Science in Europe. Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Barcelona, Spain).
      • May 12 Fifht Catalan Conferences on Scientific Journals. Institut d’Estudies Catalans (Barcelona, Spain).
      • May 10 ERC, from programme to institution. Initiative for Science in Europe. Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Jul 07 DNA Phylogenies and Genealogies Postgraduate Course. CERTFEM. Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Apr 06 The Microbe’s Contribution to Biology. Fundación Ramón Areces. Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Nov 04 XV Advanced Course in Microbial Ecology. Societat Catalana de Biologia (Camargue, France).
      • Oct 04 XIV Meeting of Catalan Speaking Doctors and Biologists. Universitat de València and Fundació Alsina i Bofill (València, Spain).
      • Oct 03 XIV Advanced Course in Microbial Ecology. Societat Catalana de Biologia (Camargue, France).
      • Jun 03 Microbiological Societies of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Challenges for the XXIst Century. American Society for Microbiology and Fundación Ramón Areces. (Madrid, Spain).
      • Oct 02 XIII Advanced Course in Microbial Ecology. Societat Catalana de Biologia (Ebro Delta, Spain).
      • Mar 02 Laboratory Risk Prevention. Security, Health and Enviroment Office. Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Oct 01 New frontiers in Microbial Ecology. American Society for Microbiology and Fundación Ramón Areces. Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Nov 00 Genomics: far away from DNA. Universitat de Barcelona and Sociedad Española de Genética. Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Nov 00 The long adventure of the genome. Sciences Museum, “la Caixa” Foundation. (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Jul 00 The cultural revolution of biomolecules. Universitat de Barcelona Summer Courses (Els Juliols de la UB). Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Jul 99 Initiation to the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department, Universitat de Barcelona and Sociedad Española de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular (Barcelona, Spain).

EDUCATIONAL BOOKS

      • Urmeneta J, Vila J, del Campo J. (2007). Ecologia Microbiana. Tècnica Microbiològica. Edicions Universitat de Barcelona.

MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS PRESENTATIONS

      • Nous Avenços en Ecologia Microbiana. del Campo J. Prop de tres-cents cinquanta anys d’història natural dels protozous. (Oral presentation). Barcelona (Spain), January 2013.
      • Protist 2012, ISOP 62 and ISEP XIX. del Campo J, Massana R, de Vargas C, Ruiz-Trillo I. Unicellular opisthokonts diversity and distribution in the European coast. (Oral) Oslo (Norway). Jul 29 – Aug 3, 2012.
      • SAME, The 12th Symposium on Aquatic Microbial Ecology. Weber F, del Campo J, Wylezich C, Massana R, Jürgens K. Taxonomic novelty of heterotrophic protists revealed by unamended brackish water incubations from the Baltic Sea. (Poster) Rostock-Warnemünde (Germany). August 28 – Septembre 2, 2011.
      • VI European Congress of Protistology. Weber F, del Campo J, Wylezich C, Massana R, Jürgens K. Taxonomic novelty of heterotrophic protists revealed by unamended brackish water incubations from the Baltic Sea. (Oral Presentation by Weber F) Berlin (Germany). July 25-29, 2011.
      • International Choanoflagellate Workshop 2011. del Campo J. Unicellular opisthokons divesity based on 18S rDNA environmental sequences. (Oral Presentation). Berkeley, CA (USA). June 16-19, 2011.
      • Centre d’Estudis Avançats de Blanes – CSIC Seminars. del Campo J. Buscant els depredadors més abundants de l’oceà. (Oral Presentation). Blanes (Spain). February 18, 2010.
      • ASLO, Aquatic Science Meeting 2009. del Campo J, Massana R. Emerging Diversity Within Well-known Heterotrophic Flagellates Groups Revealed by Environmental Surveys. (Oral Presentation). Nice (France). January 23-30, 2009.
      • ASLO, Aquatic Science Meeting 2009. Not F, Balagué V, del Campo J, de Vargas C, Massana R. New Insights into Marine Protists. (Poster). Nice (France). January 23-30, 2009.
      • Workshop on Resolving Species in Marine Protists Marplan (Marbef) and Aquaparadox. del Campo J, Massana R. Emerging Diversity Within Well-known Heterotrophic Flagellates Groups Revealed by Environmental Surveys. (Oral Presentation). Nice (France). December 4-5, 2008.
      • Gordon Research Conference on Marine Microbes. del Campo J, Not F, Forn I, Massana R. Isolation and Culture of Ecologically Relevant Heterotrophic Marine Nanoprotists. (Poster). Lucca (Italy). August 13-18, 2008.
      • Nous Avenços en Ecologia Microbiana. del Campo J. Identification and Culture of Relevant Marine Heterotrophic Nanoflagellates. (Oral presentation). Barcelona (Spain), January 2008.
      • PicOcean and Alveolates Meeting. del Campo J. Sequence analysis and phylogeny of Bicosoecids from cultures and molecular surveys. (Oral presentation). Roscoff (France). February 6-7, 2007.
      • 11th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology. del Campo J, Massana R. Sequence analysis and phylogeny of Bicosoecid from cultures and molecular surveys. (Poster). Wien (Austria). August 20-25, 2006.
      • 11th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology. Villanueva L, Navarrete A, del Campo J, Urmeneta J, Guerrero R, and Geyer R. Characterization of Microbial Mats from different locations by quinone profiling and Intact Lipid Biomarkers. (Poster). Wien (Austria). August 20-25, 2006.
      • 1st Student Symposium CRG-CMIMA. del Campo J. Culturing Bias in Heterotrophic Nanoflagellates Isolation. (Oral presentation). Barcelona (Spain). June 26-27 2006.
      • 3rd European Symposium on Biopolymers. del Campo J. PHA dynamics in Microbial Mats. (Oral presentation). Madrid (Spain). November 24-25, 2005.
      • XX Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Microbiología. Villanueva L, del Campo J, Navarrete A, Barberán A, Demajo S, Guerrero R, Urmeneta J. Caracterización de bacterias heterótroficas implicadas en reciclado de nutrientes en la capa fótica de tapetes microbianos. Cáceres (Spain). September 19-23, 2005.
      • XX Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Microbiología. Urmeneta J, del Campo J, Villanueva L, Guerrero R, Navarrete A. Dinámica de acumulación de poli-β-hidroxialcanoatos en los tapetes microbianos del delta del Ebro y de la Camarga. (Poster). Cáceres (Spain). September 19-23, 2005.
      • RECAM 2005 Unitat i diversitat en microbiologia de la Societat Catalana de Biologia. del Campo  J. Disseny per enginyeria genètica de noves aplicacions del PHA. (Oral presentation). Barcelona (Spain). May 18-20, 2005.
      • Nous Avenços en Ecologia Microbiana. del Campo J. Introducció als PHA. (Oral presentation). Barcelona (Spain), January 8, 2005.
      • XIX Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Microbiología. Urmeneta, J, Navarrete A, del Campo J, Guerrero R. Estudio de la biodiversidad de cianobacterias filamentosas en los tapetes microbianos del Delta del Ebro. (Poster). Santiago de Compostela (Spain). September 21-25, 2003.
      • 11th International Symposium on Phototrophic Prokaryotes. Urmeneta, J, Navarrete A, Villanueva L, del Campo J, Guerrero R. Biodiversity assesment of Microbial mats by microscopy and by combined phospholipid biomarkers and 16s rDNA-DGGE analyses. (Poster). Tokyo (Japan). August 24-29, 2003.

OCEANOGRAPHIC CAMPAINGS

      • Jan 10 Tara Oceans Experditions. On board of Tara. Supervisor. Dr. Fabrice Not.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

      • Sep 04-Jun 07 Teacher of Microbial Ecology Laboratory Practice. Biology Faculty, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Sep 06-Jun 07 Teacher of General Microbiology Laboratory Practice. Biology Faculty, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Sep 04-Jun 06 Teacher of Microbial Ecology Field Practice. Biology Faculty, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Sep 05-Jun 06 Teacher of Industrial and Alimentary Microbiology Laboratory Practice. Biology Faculty, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Sep 04-Jun 05 Teacher of Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Practice. Biology Faculty, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).
      • Sep 04-Jun 05 Teacher of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Practice. Biology Faculty, Universitat de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).

TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGY EXPERTISE

      • Microbial cultures
      • Filamentous cyanobacteria culture
      • PHA producer and degrader bacteria isolation and culture
      • Heterotrophic Protists isolation and culture using classical methods and new strategies developed by us to obtain fastidious protists in culture)
      • Microscopy
      • Light microscopy
      • Epifluorescense microscopy
      • Scanning Electron Microscopy
      • Molecular Biology (DNA and RNA extraction and purification. PCR, electrophoresis, digestion, cloning and sequencing. DGGE. FISH and CARD-FISH)
      • Informatics skills
      • Data bases (GenBank, Silva, CAMERA, NCBI Databases).
      • Bioinformatics (PAUP, RaxML, ARB, Modeltest, Gblocks, 4peaks, SeaView, FigTree, BioEdit, BLAST, ClustalW, MAFFT, GenDB, Geneious).
      • User-level knowledge (Office suites, Reference Mangers, Statgraphics, Adobe Illustrator, Internet browsers).
      • Different OS user (GMU/Linux: GI and terminal, MacOs X:GI and terminal, Windows)
      • Flow cytometry (Single cell sorting)
      • HPLC (Pigments and PHA analysis)

LANGUAGES

      • Catalan: native language
      • Spanish: native language
      • English: fluent in speaking, reading and writing
      • Portuguese: basic knowledge.

JOURNAL EDITION

SCIENTIFIC PAPERS REVIEWER

SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS AND MERITS

      • Driving liscence (B1).
      • Diving liscence (OWD-ACUC).