• Dr Magda Faijes Simona

Dra. Magda Faijes

Biochemistry Laboratory

Bioengineering Department

Group of Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology (GQBB)
IQS School of Engineering
Universitat Ramon Llull
Via Augusta 390, E-08017 Barcelona, Spain
Tel. +34 93 267 20 00
Fax +34 93 205 62 66


Doctor in Chemistry (Ramon Llull University, 2003), Master in Food Chemistry and Engineering (IQS, 1998), Chemical Engineer (IQS, 1998), Chemist (URL, 1996), Post-doc in Wageningen Center for Food Sciences, now named Top Institute Food and Nutrition (2003-2004).

Associate Professor (2010-)
Assistant Professor (2004-2010)


Laboratory of Experimental Techniques (MSc in Bioengineering)
Laboratory of Biotechnologies (MSc in Bioengineering)
Experimental Techniques in Biosciencies (Degree in Chemistry)


Research Lines

  • Metabolic engineering in Escherichia coli and Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Metabolic engineering for carbohydrates and glycolipids production
  • Protein engineering: glycosidases and glycosiltransferases
  • Enzymatic synthesis for complex sugars as human milk oligosaccharides 


Representative Publications

Mora-Buyé, N.; Faijes, M.; Planas, A., An engineered E. coli strain for the production of glycoglycerolipids, Metabolic Engineering 14, 551-559, 2012.
Andrés, E.; Biarnés, X.; Faijes, M.; Planas, A., Bacterial glycoglycerolipid synthases: processive and non-processive glycosyltransferases in Mycoplasma, Biocatalysis and Biotransformation 30, 3, 274-287, 2012
X. Pérez, M. Faijes, A. Planas, Artificial mixed-linked beta-glucans produced by glycosynthase-catalyzed polymerization: tuning morphology and degree of polymerization, Biomacromolecules 12, 2, 494-501, 2011.
A. Wegkamp, A.E. Mars, M. Faijes, D. Molenaar, R.C. de Vos, S.M. Klaus, A.D. Hanson, W.M. de Vos and E.J. Smid, Physiological responses to folate overproduction in Lactobacillus plantarum WCFS1, Microbial Cell Factories 9, 100, 2010



Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Group