Our Team

We are a multidisciplinary team with expertise in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology and Biochemistry.

 

Irene Marco-Rius

Irene Marco-Rius

Junior Group Leader

 

Irene completed her PhD in the group of Prof. Kevin Brindle at University of Cambridge (UK) in 2014. She had previously studied a BSc in Physics at Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain, 2005-2009) and a MSc in Medical Physics and Biomedical Optics at University of Heidelberg (Germany, 2009-2010). She worked as postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Dan Vigneron at University of California San Francisco (USA) and Dr. Arnaud Comment at Cambridge (UK). In 2018 she received a prestigious la Caixa Junior leader fellowship and a subsequent BIST-la Caixa Junior Group Leader position to start her own line of research at IBEC. Her research is focused on the development of non-invasive MR imaging and spectroscopy technologies to study metabolic pathologies in human disease and evaluate response to treatment.

James Eills

James Eills

Postdoctoral researcher

James completed his PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Malcolm Levitt at the University of Southampton in 2019. During this time he worked on hyperpolarization techniques and microfluidic NMR. He then moved to Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz to work at the Helmholtz Institute as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the supervision of Prof. Dmitry Budker. James was funded by a Marie Curie ITN program to develop zero- to ultralow-field NMR techniques; a unique type of NMR experiment that does not use magnets. Having joined the MIPMED team at IBEC, James will bring expertise in hyperpolarized NMR methods and NMR-based microfluidics to develop noninvasive metabolic imaging in organ-on-a-chip devices.

Alejandro Portela

Alejandro Portela

Postdoctoral researcher

Alejandro will bring to MIPMED expertise in chip design, microfabrication and organ-on-a-chip assembly and integration.

 

Marc Azagra Rodríguez

Marc Azagra Rodríguez

PhD student

 

Marc holds a BSc in Chemistry (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2017), an Official Master’s degree in Industrial Chemistry and Introduction to Chemical Research (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2018) and a Master’s degree in Fine Chemistry (Esteve S.A and Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2019). In 2020 he started his PhD under Irene’s supervision with funding from the European BLOC project. Throughout his training he has had hands-on experience with metabolomic techniques such as NMR and mass spectrometry. He is also co-author of the sci-blog “Momentos Magnéticos” (“Magnetic Moments“).

Alba Herrero Gómez

Alba Herrero Gómez

PhD student

 

Alba holds a BSc in Biochemistry (Georgian Court University, 2019) and a MSc in Biotechnology (College of Staten Island, 2020). In 2020 she joined IBEC and the BLOC project as a Research Assistant, and in 2021 she started her Ph.D. studies under Irene’s supervision with a FI AGAUR fellowship. Through her training she has hands-on experience in analytical chemistry and instrumentation as well as cell culturing and microscopy. Her background and previous research experience in multidisciplinary fields is an asset in the team. She is working on the biological models needed to study metabolomic pathologies in human disease through MR imaging and spectroscopy.

Lluís Mangas

Lluís Mangas

MSc student - MSc thesis project

Lluís is currently studying a MSc in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona (UB). He joined the team in October 2021 to complete his masters’ thesis project on a design of a biosystem for metabolic NMR acquisition. During his time at MIPMED he will also learn about hyperpolarization, data acquisition and clinical NMR applications.

Maria Carretero

Maria Carretero

BSc Student - BSc thesis project

 

Maria is currently studying a BSc in Chemistry at University of Barcelona (UB). She joined the team in February 2022 to carry out her curricular internships where she will help develop a platform to carry out parahydrogen polarization (PHIP), she will also aid in the adaptation of biological systems for NMR applications in a desktop spectrometer. After her internship, Maria continued her project to develop her BSc thesis on optimization and adaptation of PHIP reactions to biomedical applications.

Alumni

These are the members of our team that have moved on to do other exciting things.

 

Jose Yeste

Jose Yeste

Postdoctoral researcher

Jose obtained his BSc degree in Electronic Engineering at Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 2006. He then started an industry career in the medical sector where he was involved in the design of multiple medical products as a part of a R&D team. In 2011, he transitioned from industry to academia and joined the group of Dr. Rosa Villa at Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona as a research assistant. He received his MSc degree in Micro and Nanoelectronic Engineering in 2012 and his PhD in Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering in 2018 at Autonomous University of Barcelona. He joined the team in 2020 to work on the European BLOC project. His research focuses on the development of organ-on-a-chip technologies, and he has accumulated skills in nano- and micro-technologies, fabrication of microphysiological systems, and microfluidics. He is particularly experienced in microfabrication.

Jose received a Marie Curie fellowship and is currently continuing his research at another prestigious institution.

 

Òscar Solé

Òscar Solé

BSc student - BSc thesis project

Oscar studied Pharmacy at the IQS School of Engineering and the Health Sciences School Blanquerna (Ramoón Llull University). In 2020 he joined our team to work on his BSc thesis and learn about biomaterials used for 3D cell cultures.

Oscar graduated from IQS and is now pursuing a masters degree.

Alba Riba

Alba Riba

BSc student - BSc thesis project

Alba studied BSc Nanocience and Nanotechnology in Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB). In 2021 she joined our team to work on her thesis and learn about tissue engineering techniques used for 3D cell cultures.  

Alba graduated from UAB and is now pursuing a masters degree.

Andrea Erazo

Andrea Erazo

BSc student - Internship

Andrea is currently studying a BSc in Biomedical Engineering at Universitat Roviri i Virgili (URV). She joined the team in 2021 for a summer internship to learn about untargeted metabolomic NMR data analysis and the field of biomaterials.

Andrea finished her stay and will graduate soon from URV.

Aleix Nieto

Aleix Nieto

BSc Student - Internship

Aleix is currently a BSc Mathematics student at the University of Barcelona (UB) with a specialization in Statistics. He joined MIPMED in October 2021 to complete his practicum hours while working on NMR data acquisition, processing, and interpretation; and to learn about NMR techniques and biosystems for metabolic studies.

Aleix finished his stay and will soon graduate from UB and move on to study a masters degree abroad.

Gergő Matajsz

Gergő Matajsz

MSc student - MSc thesis project

 

Gergő is currently studying towards his MEng degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Glasgow. He joined the team in June 2021 to complete his masters’ thesis project on the evaluation of key biomarkers for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease diagnosis, and to learn about NMR techniques and organ-on-a-chip devices.

Gergő presented his thesis and will move on to start his Ph.D. in the bioengineering field.

 

Farris Ellington

Farris Ellington

Laboratory Technician

 

Farris holds a BSc in Biology (Georgian Court University, 2018) and a MSc in Biotechnology (College of Staten Island, 2020). After spending two years at the University of Pennsylvania in Dr. Carl June’s laboratory studying CAR T-cell therapy she has joined the MIPMED team in 2022 as a Laboratory Technician. With her background, she will assist in the biological models used to study metabolomic pathologies through non-invasive metabolomic imaging techniques.