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Jessica Varela Villarreal

Dr.-Ing., Dipl.-Biochem. Jessica Varela Villarreal

Scientific staff
Research group “Sustainable Bioeconomy”
Room: 229
Phone: +49 721 608-22989
jessica villarrealWml6∂kit edu

Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe


Fields of work

  • Application of transdisciplinary research to develop regional scenarios for the integration of microalgae technology in agriculture
  • Risk perception analysis for the use of genetically modified algae for biofuel production

Current projects

Completed projects

On the internet

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Scientific networks:
ResearchGate

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Professional background

since 2017 Member of scientific staff at ITAS
2014 - 2015 Member of scientific staff at the Center of Competence for Material Moisture (CMM) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
2006 - 2011 Member of scientific staff and PhD student at the Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
2007 - 2011 Dissertation; Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering, KIT, Karlsruhe
Topic: Molecular Biology Techniques Applied to Food Industry Water Surveillance
2006 Intern at the Max Rubner Institute (former Federal Research Center for Nutrition and Food), Karlsruhe
2002 - 2005 Member of scientific staff at the Center of Applied Chemistry (CEQUIMAP), Córdoba, Argentina
2002 - 2005 Postgraduate studies in food chemistry; Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC), Cordoba, Argentina
1996 - 2001 Biochemistry; UNC, Cordoba, Argentina
Degree: Biochemist

Selected publications

Varela Villarreal, J.; Burgués, C.; Rösch, C.
Acceptability of genetically engineered algae biofuels in Europe: opinions of experts and stakeholders. Biotechnology for Biofuels. 13, 92 (2020)

Varela Villarreal, J.; Jungfer, C.; Obst, U.; Schwartz, T.
DNase and Proteinase K eliminate DNA from injured or dead bacteria but not from living bacteria in microbial reference systems and natural drinking water biofilms for subsequent molecular biology analyses. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 94(3): 161-169. (2013)

Jungfer, C.; Friedrich, F.; Varela Villarreal, J.; Brändle, K.; Gross, H.J.; Obst, U.; Schwartz, T.
Drinking water biofilms on copper and stainless steel exhibit specific molecular responses towards different disinfection regimes at waterworks. Biofouling 29(8): 891-907. (2013)

Varela Villarreal, J.; Schwartz, T.; Obst, U.
Culture independent techniques applied to food industry water surveillance - a case study. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 141, Supplement 1: 147-155. (2010)

Schillinger, U.; Varela Villarreal, J.
Inhibition of Penicilium nordicum in MRS medium by lactic acid bacteria isolated from foods. Food Control. 21(2): 107-111. (2010)

Publications


2019
Presentations
Varela Villarreal, J.; Rösch, C.
European public opinion on the use of genetically modified microalgae for biofuel production.
2019. Algae Biomass Summit (2019), Orlando, FL, USA, September 16–19, 2019 
Posters
Varela Villarreal, J.; Moore, K.; Rösch, C.
Acceptance of using genetically modified microalgae for an improved biofuel production. Opinion of European Citizens.
2019. 9th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB 2019), Boulder, CO, USA, June 17–19, 2019 
2018
Presentations
Rösch, C.; Varela Villarreal, J.
Experts opinion on biocatalytic solar biofuels produced with genetically engineered microalgae.
2018. 8th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts, Seattle, WA, June 11-13, 2018 
Varela Villarreal, J.; Rösch, C.
Public acceptance of genetically modified microalgae for biofuel production.
2018. AlgaEurope (2018), Amsterdam, Netherlands, December 4–6, 2018 
Posters
Varela Villarreal, J.; Rösch, C.
Public acceptance of photofuel production with genetically modified microalgae in Europe.
2018. AlgaEurope (2018), Amsterdam, Netherlands, December 4–6, 2018 
Varela Villarreal, J.; Rösch, C.
Biokraftstoffproduktion mit gentechnisch veränderten Mikroalgen - Umfrage zum Meinungsbild europäischer Experten.
2018. 11. Bundesalgenstammtisch (2018), Karlsruhe, Germany, September 27–28, 2018 
2017
Posters
Varela Villarreal, J.; Rösch, C.
Acceptance of genetically engineered microalgae for next generation biofuel production.
2017. AlgaEurope 2017, Berlin, 5.-7.Dezember 2017 
Varela Villarreal, J.; Rösch, C.
Acceptance of genetically modified microalgae for next generation biofuel production.
2017. AlgaEurope (2017), Berlin, Germany, December 5–7, 2017