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Mayra Maritza Quemé Peña

Country of origin: Guatemala Currently in: Hungary, Budapest General field of specialization: Chemical Sciences
Academic Background


2015 Master Engineering sciences
2012 Undergraduate Engineering sciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Chemical Sciences

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 profession

Current professional activities type: 
Higher Education Study
PhD 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.

Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Sep 2012
President Scholarship
Scholarship for International Student (Office of International Affairs), Master’s level. Kyung Hee University, Suwon, Korea.
Sep 2012
KHU-SENACYT Graduate Scholarship
KHU-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 2017
MTA TTK fellowship in the Biomolecular Self-Assembly Group
Fellowship 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.