Amaury Borges Miranda, PhD. earned his university diploma in Biochemistry at the Faculty of Biology, University of Havana, through a thesis undertaken at the Center for Molecular Immunology in the same city. Amaury joined the “Estación Experimental del Tabaco” (Tobacco Experimental Station) in San Juan y Martinez, Pinar del Río, in September 2002. Through a work undertaken in this institution from 2005-2007 related to the mineral nutrition of tobacco, he earned his Master of Science degree in Plant Biology (mention in Plant Physiology) from the same University and Faculty in 2008.
He was transferred to the headquarters of the “Instituto de Investigaciones del Tabaco” (Tobacco Research Institute) in San Antonio de los Baños, Artemisa, in October 2008 and joined the research and development department being responsible for pre-processing and industrial processing phases of the tobacco network. His activities were related to various applications of Chemistry and Sensory Science carrying out research activities and scientifically based services to the industry, without interrupting his collaborations with researchers from the agricultural phase. The above included two periods of intensive training and research activities with duration of about one month and a half in accredited laboratories associated to Imperial Brands PLC-Tabacalera SLU in Germany, France and Spain (2010 and 2012).
He was promoted to department leader from 2013 to 2016. He is currently the manager of the Research and Development of the Institute (since 2016), is the Vice president of its Scientific Council and works in close relationship with the Tabacuba management. He recently became a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Havana, Faculty of Chemistry with excellent results. Amaury is presently applying for the category of Full Researcher and renewing his category of Assistant Professor. He is preparing a course to be taught at the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Havana which will combine his background related to analytical chemistry and sensory science, with the one related to soil and tobacco plant evaluation in the farms.
Today he works as a research oriented professional with solid skills in Analytical Chemistry and Sensory Science applied to tobacco, leading the Institute’s team responsible of new product development. He also contributes to other subjects such as Authentication of Cuban cigars and Leaf Integrity, and is expecting to contribute in Plant breeding.