Systems Biotechnology Group

Multi- and inter-disciplinarity to the service of enzymes: a chemical vision to biological questions for the implementation of biocatalysts in our everyday life.


The research activity of the Systems Biotechnology group lead by Prof. Manuel Ferrer has been markedly multidisciplinary and has had as a common thread to provide a chemical vision to biological questions, with the ultimate goal of producing basic and technological developments using experimental and theoretical tools. It has been and is a competitive research that is in the interface between the analytical chemistry, the chemical biology, the physical-chemistry, the inorganic chemistry and the organic chemistry, with fields and disciplines such as biology, microbiology, health, medicine, energy, environment and materials, to mention a few.


Our facilities are located at the Institute of Catalysis, in the Autonomous University of Madrid Campus. Enter to take a look!


We are a multidisciplinary team composed on chemists, biochemists, and biologists, in tight collaboration with bioinformatics, to gain a whole perspective of the matters we face. Come and meet us!



MetaMorph will strive to develop a high-tech platform to perform the MetaMorphosis of enzymes  into a new generation of artificial enzyme designs and BioHybrid catalysts with innovative structures and functionalities.


To really get to the implementation of enzymes in greener industry processes and products, we need to be able to accurately predict enzyme parameters from a protein sequence. This project will develop a technology that will help to overcome this hurdle and recover the precise enzymes from the ever-increasing amount of sequenced data.


Our purpose is to make your textiles, detergents and cosmetics greener than ever. For that, a high-tech platform will use big biodata mining of databases and bioresources, and disruptive machine-learning, amongst others, to develop enzymes to be included in the production of these goods and any others of interest.

Upcoming Events

FuturEnzyme Newsletter #1

July 2022

Next July, the first Newsletter of the FuturEnzyme project will be released! Subscribe and don’t miss our news on innovative intelligent microbia enzymes at low cost and with exquisite performance and stability to produce better and greener detergent, textile and cosmetics.

Online webinar, "Enzymes for more environment-friendly consumer products"

July 2022

In the frame of the FuturEnzyme activities, our partners will impart an online webinar directed to all poeple interested in how enzymes can be searched for, developed, produced and implemented in real life to make the world a greener place and fight climate change. Follow up for registration in the coming days.