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Ana, an early career PhD candidate, is part of the Marie S. Curie industry PhD program "Talents for Biobased Economies" (T4BBI), managed by BiOrbic, the Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre at University College Dublin in Ireland. Working with industry partner Bionet in Spain, her PhD project focuses on developing continuous manufacturing for bioeconomy applications. With a Biotechnology Engineering degree from Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas-ESPE, Ecuador, and a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne, Australia, Ana specializes in producing alternative protein sources through waste valorization, aiming to optimize resource utilization in food systems. She's also active in science communication and entrepreneurship, co-founding Catálisis for Latin American scientific outreach and startup Pro-Loop, pioneering sustainable protein production from insects and microalgae.


Contact: anagdelhierro[at] / ana.delhierro[at]


Publications and activities

Pazmiño MF, Del Hierro AG, Flores FJ. 2023. Genetic diversity and organic waste degrading capacity of Hermetia illucens from the evergreen forest of the Equatorial Choco lowland. PeerJ 11:e14798

Pazmiño-Palomino, A., Reyes-Puig, C., & Del Hierro, A. (2022). How could climate change influence the distribution of the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (Linnaeus)(Diptera, Stratiomyidae)? Biodiversity Data Journal 10: e90146.

Catálisis Online Magazine Scientific Communication Journal- ISSN 2697 - 3537.

Talents for Biobased Economies.


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