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Dr. Simon Guerrero Cruz

Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering and Management, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 01 Nov 2013 to 31 Jul 2018

Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences. UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands. 17 Oct 2011 to 04 Sept 2013

International master’s in environmental technology and engineering. Gent Universiteit & Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze. Belgium & Czech Republic. 10 Feb 2012 to 04 Sept 2013.

Bachelor’s degree of Science in Biology, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical technology, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico. Minor in Environmental pollution control. 01 Feb 2005 to 13 Apr 2011

  • Environmental microbiology of Carbon and Nitrogen cycles in human-influenced ecosystems.
  • Anaerobic eco-physiology of methane microbiology in wastewater treatment and rice agriculture.
  • Microbial physiology of nitrogen oxide-dependent methane oxidation in anaerobic bioreactor systems.
  • GHG sources and sinks in natural and anthropogenically-influenced ecosystems. Mitigation of GHG with microbial applications.
  • Consulting on microbial contamination control and risk assessments in vaccine and biologic manufacturing processes in the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Collaborative research and mentoring in international and multicultural environments.
  1. Guerrero-Cruz, S., Vaksmaa, A., Horn, M. A., Niemann, H., Pijuan, M., & Ho, A. “Methanotrophs: Discoveries, Environmental Relevance, and a Perspective on Current and Future Applications”. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10.3389/fmicb.2021.678057 Selected research projects:
  2. Guerrero-Cruz, S. & Pijuan, M. “Methanotrophic bacterial biorefineries: resource recovery and GHG mitigation through the production of bacterial biopolymers”. Chapter in the book: “Clean Energy & Resource Recovery: Wastewater Treatment Plants are Biorefineries”. Currently under edition at Elsevier.
  3. De Jong A.E.E., Guerrero-Cruz S., van Diggelen J.M., Vaksmaa A., Lamers L.P., Jetten M.S.M., Smolders A.J., Rasigraf O. “Changes in microbial community composition, activity, and greenhouse gas production upon rewetting of drained iron-rich peat soils”. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. Available online 22nd June 2020. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038071720301590?via%3Dihub
  4. Guerrero-Cruz S., Stultiens K., van Kessel M.A.H.J., Versantvoort W., Jetten M.S.M., Op den Camp H.J.M., Kartal B. “Key Physiology of a Nitrite-Dependent Methane-Oxidizing Enrichment Culture”. Applied Environmental Microbiology. 85:e00124-19.
  5. Stultiens K., Guerrero-Cruz S., van Kessel M., Jetten M., Op den Camp H., Kartal B. “Interactions between anaerobic ammonium and methane-oxidizing microorganisms in a laboratory-scale sequencing batch reactor”. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 103, pages6783–6795(2019).