Mayra Maritza Quemé PeñaCountry of origin: Guatemala Currently in: Hungary, Budapest General field of specialization: Chemical Sciences
Degrees2015 Master Engineering sciences2012 Undergraduate Engineering sciences
Current Research Activities
I am developing my research on the field of membrane active peptides. The aim of the research project is to gain further insight into the governing rules (mechanism of action) of peptide associated conformational changes upon membrane insertion. I am conducting primarily experimental work addressing the biophysical interactions of natural and non-natural peptides with model membranes and small molecules (small molecules as FDA approved drugs), to reach preferentially antimicrobial activity.
Publications resulting from Research:
Mayra Quemé-Peña, Tünde Juhász, Judith Mihály, Imola Csilla Szigyártó, Kata Horváti, Szilvia Bősze, Judit Henczkó, Bernadett Pályi, Csaba Németh, Zoltán Varga, Ferenc Zsila, Tamás Beke-Somfai. “Manipulating Active Structure and Function of Cationic Antimicrobial Peptide CM15 by the Polysulfonated Drug Suramin: A Step Closer to in vivo Complexity”. ChemBioChem, Wiley-VCH, published: 2019/02/05. DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201800801
Quemé-Peña Mayra and Woo-Sik Kim. “Agglomeration of Ni-Rich Hydroxide in Reaction Crystallization: Effect of Taylor Vortex Dimension and Intensity”. Journal of Crystal growth and Design, ACS publication, published: 2015/03/16. DOI: 10.1021/cg501727v
Dien Khuong Thai, Quemé-Peña Mayra and Woo-Sik Kim. “Agglomeration of Ni-rich Hydroxide Crystals in Taylor Vortex Flow”. Journal of Powder Technology, ELSEVIER, published: 2015/01/9. DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2015.01.008
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:ResearchHigher Education StudyPhD candidate in Chemistry, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. The research of my PhD has been developed in the Biomolecular Self-Assembly group, Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungary.
Other AwardsSep 2012President ScholarshipScholarship for International Student (Office of International Affairs), Master’s level. Kyung Hee University, Suwon, Korea.Sep 2012KHU-SENACYT Graduate ScholarshipKHU-SENACYT Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (Master’s level), awarded by the Guatemalan government to support international studies in South Korea, specifically in science and engineering careers in Kyung Hee University.Sep 2017MTA TTK fellowship in the Biomolecular Self-Assembly GroupFellowship to study my doctoral studies, awarded by the Biomolecular Self-Assembly group, in the Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary.