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.

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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.

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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.

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Jordi Bentanachs Raset - BSc candidate in Biotechnology

My final degree project focuses on the generation of site-specifically modified antibody-drug conjugates via genetic code expansion.


In my spare time, I enjoy above all doing sport and meeting friends. I also love watching films, hiking, and skiing.

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Mei Gascón Burillo - BSc candidate in Biotechnology

I am working on a review about gene therapies targeting cancer stem cell targeting in glioblastoma.


In my free time I Iike to read and go out with friends. I love animals and sports, especially swimming and rock climbing.

We team up with the 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.

Do you want to join us? We are always seeking motivated undergrads and graduate students!

You're very welcome to contact us at: benjami.oller@iqs.url.edu

Former team members

Former master students

Noelia Hernández Lobato

Inés Peciña Vaquero

Alejandro García Torrado

Former undergraduate Students

Albert Roig Martínez

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