User:Juanita Lara Gutiérrez

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Juanita Lara Gutiérrez

Juanita Lara Gutiérrez
PhD Student
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

During my time at the Biophysics group, I studied the changes in lipid chain order in the model bacterium Bacillus subtilis. I used fluorescence techniques in vivo to track these changes. I built a theoretical model that couples the activity of the enzyme Desaturase ∆-5 des (known for modulating its activity in response to membrane thickness) to the response in lipid chain order.

After my undergrad studies, I worked as a research assistant in Peng Yin's lab at the Wyss Institute. There, I worked in the development of molecular tools for super-resolution microscopy.

For my graduate studies, I joined the systems biology masters program at ETH Zürich. Currently, I am a PhD student in Roman Stocker's lab, where we study microbes at the microscale. Using microfluidics, we mimic the environmental conditions that microbes encounter in their natural habitats.


  • Currently, PhD in Systems Biology, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
  • 2018, M.Sc. in Systems Biology, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
  • 2013, B.Sc. in Physics and Biology, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)

Research interests

  1. Environmental microbiology
  2. Systems biology


  1. Schueder, F., Lara-Gutiérrez, J., Beliveau, B. J., Saka, S. K., Sasaki, H. M., Woehrstein, J. B., ... & Jungmann, R. (2017). Multiplexed 3D super-resolution imaging of whole cells using spinning disk confocal microscopy and DNA-PAINT. Nature communications, 8(1), 1-9.
  1. Gutierrez, J. M. L., Amado, M. S. A., & Yin, P. (2017). U.S. Patent Application No. 15/229,759.

Useful links

  • Environmental Microfluidics Group [1]

  • Molecular Systems lab [2]

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