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.

Noelia Hernández Lobato - MSc candidate in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

I aim to generate new therapeutics combining nanotechnology, chemistry and bioengineering. I am currently developing new coatings for the systemic delivery of nanotherapeutics. 

I am a passionate for science and I aim to use it to improve people lives. I enjoy travelling, baking and going for a walk by the sea.

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Inés Peciña Vaquero - MSc candidate in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

I aim to develop drug delivery systems to improve patient's quality of life by combining chemistry and bioengineering. I am now working on the generation of peptides for targeting nanocarriers to brain tumors.


In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, sightseeing new places, spending time with my family, skiing and hiking.

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Alejandro Garcia - MSc candidate in Bioengineering

I am working toward improving drug delivery to increase the efficacy of new treatments. Currently, I focus on the production of oriented ligands for an enhanced targeting.


I love travelling and sports. I also enjoy spending time with friends and enjoying nature, in the mountain and by the sea.

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Jordi Bentanachs - 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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Albert Roig - BSc candidate in Chemistry

I am developing peptide-based drug delivery tools for biomedical applications. My current focus is on the design and synthesis of protease-resistant peptides for the targeting of nanotherapeutics.


I like to stay physically active, for instance by practicing volleyball and swimming. I also enjoy the natural environment and wildlife, therefore I am aware and share the necessity to preserve it.

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

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