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About the PI

Camilo Perez

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In 2012, Camilo obtained his Ph.D. in Structural Biology of Membrane Proteins at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt, Germany. For his work on the mechanism of the osmoregulated transporter BetP, Camilo received the Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society and a Summa cum laude doctoral degree from the Goethe University Frankfurt. In 2013, Camilo received an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship and an ETH Postdoctoral Fellowship, and joined the lab of Prof. Kaspar Locher at ETH Zürich. At ETH, Camilo elucidated the structure and mechanism of the ABC transporter flippase PglK, involved in protein N-glycosylation in the bacterial pathogen Campylobacter jejuni. In 2017, Camilo was awarded a SNSF professorship to establish his research group at Biozentrum as a non-tenure track Assistant Professor. His team focused on the mechanistic biology of membrane proteins involved in cell wall biosynthesis in bacterial pathogens, e.g. Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. In 2020 Camilo obtained an EMBO Young Investigator award from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). In 2024, Camilo obtained a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the University of Georgia (GA, USA), where his team will expand their research on mechanistic biology of membrane proteins. ​

Current Team

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Dr. Amrutha Chidananda

Postdoctoral researcher

Amrutha joined our lab in Biozentrum of the University of Basel in 2023 as Postdoctoral researcher. In 2024, Amrutha moved with our team to the University of Georgia to continue with her academic career. 


Eric Céster Díaz

Ph.D. candidate


Eric joined our lab in 2022 and obtained a Master's degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Basel in 2023. In 2024, Eric became a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia.


Nil Cortiella

Ph.D. candidate

Nil joined our lab in 2022 and obtained a Master's degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Basel in 2023. In 2024, Nil became a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia.

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Sophia Mamani

Undergraduate student

Sophia joined our lab at the University of Georgia in January 2024. She is a sophomore majoring in biology with a minor in public health. Sophia is on the pre-med track!


  • Dr. Stephan Rempel. Senior scientist at FoRx Therapeutics, Switzerland.

  • Dr. Firas Fadel. Associate researcher,  Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology BaselSwitzerland.

  • Jadine Kuo (BZ-Summer Internship Fellow)

  • Ana Marija Primc (BZ-Summer Internship Fellow)

  • Mauro Gascón (BZ-Summer Internship Fellow)

  • Dr. Bing Zhang. Postdoctoral fellow at EPFL, Switzerland.

  • Dr. Elisabeth Lambert. Scientist at Solvias, Switzerland.

  • Dr. Natalie Bärland. Analytical Forensic Technology Consultant at Deloitte, Switzerland.

  • Dr. Arantza Balsebre.

  • Dr. Gonzalo Cebrero. 

  • Xiaochun Li Blatter. Technical Associate at University of Basel

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