Carla Soto (DEVRO)

About Carla

Ever since I was a child, I was always curious about what things are made of, how they work, etc. This, eventually, translated to me obtaining a BSc in Chemistry, my thesis was on organic synthesis of pharmaceutical products. While doing my undergraduate degree I spent a year in Glasgow, UK and after that I always wanted to continue learning in and about other cultures. A few years later I won a grant from the EACEA for the Erasmus Mundus Master in Archaeological Materials Science, which gave me the opportunity to study in 4 universities in 3 different countries - Portugal, Greece, and Italy. My Master thesis focused on developing cleaning protocols for archaeological metals. Now I am part of the TEMPERA network.

My PhD project focuses on exploring the ability of proteomics to assess changes in proteins present in parchment and leather - mainly collagen - caused by modern and ancient manufacturing processes, and its relevance to modern day processing of collagen in the food industry. While very different to my previous studies, I am excited to apply my knowledge of organic and physical chemistry to yet another area of research.


Oct 2017 – Present Marie Curie Early Stage Career Researcher - TEMPERA ETN @ Devro/University of York, UK.

Jan – Sep 2017 Systems Analyst and Developer @ Independent IT Services Professional

Nov – Dec 2016 Intermediate Systems Analyst and Developer @ Deacero, SA de CV

2014 – 2016 Erasmus Mundus Master in Archaeological Materials Science (ARCHMAT) @ University of Evora, Portugal, Aristotle University of Thessalonik, Greece, and Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Thesis in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy and the Aragon Materials Science Institute, Spain.

Thesis topic: Development and optimisation of protocols for surface cleaning of Cultural Heritage metals

2015 manuSciences ’15 Franco-German Summer School 'Manuscripts. From fragments to books - from identification to interpretation' @ Frauenchiemsee, Germany 2015

International Summer School - ENVIMAT 2015 @ Ferrara, Italy

2012 – 2014 Junior Systems Analyst and Developer @ Deacero, SA de CV, Mexico

2011 – 2012 Secondary education Science teaching professional (English taught courses) @ Instituto de Educacion Naciones Unidas, Mexico

2006 – 2011 BSc Chemistry @ Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico

Thesis topic: Synthesis and Characterization of Dopamine dendrimers and dendrons with potential Anti-Parkinson Activity

2009 – 2010 BSc Pure & Applied Chemistry (International Student Exchange Program) @ University of Strathclyde Glasgow, UK





Supervisor: Gordon Paul