Hector Garcia Martin

Director of Quantitative Metabolic Modeling

Research Focus

My research interests involve mathematical modeling of biological systems, metabolic engineering, systems biology, metabolic flux analysis, data visualization, scientific software development and microbial ecology. In my current position at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, I am developing predictive quantitative models of microbial metabolism to direct metabolic engineering efforts and improve biofuel yields. I am also using mathematical approaches to try and develop quantitative predictive models for microbial communities. You can find more detailed information on my research interests and the full story of how a physicist ended up working in biology here.

Projects

  • Metabolic flux analysis for host engineering.
  • Machine learning and data mining for pathway engineering.
  • Multiomics data visualization, capture and storage.

Featured Media

Hector Garcia interviewed by California-Spain Chamber of Commerce

Navigating an Ocean of Biological Data in the Modern Era

JBEI Expert Hector Garcia on how metabolic engineering is applied to biofuel production

Unlocking Clean Cheap Energy

SFChronicle/Paul Chinn. From left, Brian Rabkin, project leader Phil Hugenholtz, Hector Garcia Martin, Falk Warnecke and Natalia Ivanova study the progress of an experiment in a cell sorter at the US Energy Department's Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, Calif. on Friday, March 2, 2007. Scientists at the lab are attempting to extract enzymes from termites to break down wood and other plants into a cheaper form of ethanol. PAUL CHINN/The Chronicle **Brian Rabkin, Phil Hugenholtz, Hector Garcia Martin, Falk Warnecke, Natalia Ivanova

SFChronicle/Paul Chinn. From left, Brian Rabkin, project leader Phil Hugenholtz, Hector Garcia Martin, Falk Warnecke and Natalia Ivanova study the progress of an experiment in a cell sorter at the US Energy Department’s Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, Calif. on Friday, March 2, 2007. Scientists at the lab are attempting to extract enzymes from termites to break down wood and other plants into a cheaper form of ethanol. PAUL CHINN/The Chronicle **Brian Rabkin, Phil Hugenholtz, Hector Garcia Martin, Falk Warnecke, Natalia Ivanova

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Multicultural Metabolic Map

Editor’s Choice, Science, October 20th 2006

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Leaving Out the Details

Editor’s Choice, Science, Aug. 4, 2006

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