Benjamí Oller-Salvia - Program leader
I have recently joined IQS School of Engineering - URL as Assistant Professor. I am a devoted teacher and researcher. My scientific interests lie in merging chemistry and synthetic biology to develop biomolecules and nanosystems for biomedical applications. I am pursuing research as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow and I manage the research program "Peptide & Protein Engienering for Targeted Nanotherapeutics" in the Materials Engineering Group (GEMAT). Prior to this position, I conducted postdoctoral research as an EMBO fellow in Prof. Jason Chin’s group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge; there I applied genetic code expansion to create new protein therapeutics. I obtained my PhD from the University of Barcelona pursuing research on peptides for drug delivery to the brain in Prof. Giralt’s lab at IRB Barcelona.
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.
Marc Relats Camps - MSc candidate in Materials Sciences
I am a chemical engineer interested in biomaterials and polymer science. I am currently working on stimuli-sensitive coatings to reduce the promiscuity of gene delivery systems.
Beyond science, I enjoy running, cycling, and hiking. I am also interested in languages and music.
Maria Lucana Meneses - MSc candidate in Materials Sciences
I am a chemist and, in my master's degree project, I will be working on the development of peptides for biomedical applications. More precisely, I will 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.
Marc Sabartés Mirabete - BSc candidate in Biotechnology
In my TFG project, I will be working on the development of stimulus-sensitive ligands targeting nanotherapies.
Beyond science, I enjoy running, climbing, and hiking in nature. I am also concerned about promoting a fairer world.
Maria García Sagarra - BSc candidate in Biotechnology
I am interested in contributing to the development of new therapeutics and I dream of becoming a great scientist. I am currently working on the computational design of new stimulus-sensitive ligands.
In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, spending time with my family and friends, hiking in the mountains, playing video games, and reading.
Teresa Gordo Buisán - BSc candidate in Chemistry
I have a background in chemistry and environmental sciences. Throughout my studies, I have developed a strong interest in biomaterials and biomedicine. I am currently working on the synthesis of peptides capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier.
In my spare time, I find pleasure in cooking and I practice yoga and kickboxing. I love poetry and I venture in new book clubs whenever the opportunity arises.
We team up with Prof. Salvador Borrós 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
Former undergraduate Students
Albert Roig Martínez
Jordi Bentanachs Raset
Mei Gascón Burillo
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