Benjamí Oller-Salvia - Program leader
I am a devoted educator and researcher. My scientific interests lie in merging chemistry and bioengineering to develop biomolecules and nanosystems for biomedical applications. I am an Assistant Professor at IQS and I hold "La Caixa" Junior Leader Fellowship. I lead the research program on Peptide & Protein Engineering for Targeted Nanotherapeutics (PPTN) associated to the Materials Engineering Group (GEMAT).
I am driven by the wish to achieve a better and more sustainable world by means of technological and social transformation. I keep my energy balance through martial arts, running, hiking, and gardening.
Roberta (Beba) Lucchi - PhD candidate in Bioengineering
I come from Rome with a Biotechnology background. At IQS, I will be working on the development of nano-biotherapeutics for systemic delivery to brain cancer. In the future, I would like to use all my knowledge to increase our understanding of cancer and to contribute to the development of innovative and more efficient therapies.
In my free time, I enjoy visiting historical places and art museums, as well as relaxing in nature, reading and cooking.
Maria Celia (Mace) Lucana Meneses - PhD candidate in Bioengineering
I am a chemist and I am working on the development of peptides for biomedical applications. More precisely, I focus on the generation of cyclic peptides for the targeting of nanotherapeutics.
In my spare time, I enjoy embroidery, knitting, and drawing. I also like music; I play the clarinet and I am learning to play the guitar.
Emilia (Emi) Petrachi - PhD candidate in Bioengineering
I am a molecular biologist with a chemical background and I am deeply interested in biomedicine. My work will be focusing on the development of targeting ligands for cancer therapy
In my leisure time, I enjoy playing volleyball, traveling, and learning new languages.
Sandra Prat Castro - MSc candidate in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
I am a totally vocational pharmacist, I love science and I’m interested in both the chemical and biological domains. I would love to become a great researcher and contribute to the advancement of new therapies. Right now I am working on my master's degree project based on the development of activatable antibody targeting therapies for drug delivery to cancer cells.
In my free time I like to practice a wide variety of sports, mainly running, gym, paddle and ballet. I love both the beach and the mountains. In addition, I love to spend time with my family and friends and I will never get tired of discovering new corners of Barcelona.
Yolanda Arruga Torres - MSc candidate in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
I am an IQS chemistry student currently dabbling in nanobiology as part of a joint effort to develop a possible treatment for glioblastoma. I hope to contribute with my chemical knowledge to solve challenges in nanomedicine coatings and BBB-shuttle peptides.
I wind down by designing and making clothes and jewellery, as well as baking or cooking. Occasionally, I also enjoy riding and caring for horses.
We team up with Prof. Salvador Borrós, Dr. Martí Lecina, and the other members of the Materials Engineering Group (GEMAT, https://gemat.iqs.edu/en_US/) sharing our expertise in peptide and protein development and learning from their knowledge in biomaterials engineering.
Former team members
Former master students
Noelia Hernández Lobato
Inés Peciña Vaquero
Alejandro García Torrado
Marc Relats Camps
Former undergraduate Students
Albert Roig Martínez
Jordi Bentanachs Raset
Mei Gascón Burillo
Marc Sabartés Mirabete
Maria Garcia Sagarra
Outings and activities