The ANTIOX-Ecophys Team
Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch
Sergi Munné-Bosch was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1974. He received the Biology degree and the Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 1996 and 1999, respectively. He has performed several stays as a research scientist abroad, including the University of Hannover (Germany), University of Fukuyama (Japan) and University of Virginia (United States), among others. From 2000 to 2003, he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona, and during the period from2002 to 2003, he also worked as a research scientist at the National Research Council in Spain (CSIC). Since 2017, he has been a Full Professor of plant physiology and he leads the ANTIOX research group at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona focused on the study of the function of antioxidants in plants, plant ecophysiology and potharvest processes in plants. During 2000 and 2003, he was a recipient of the Plant Water Relations and Plant Physiology Awards, respectively, given by the Spanish Society of Plant Physiologists. He was a recipient of the ICREA Academia Award, given by the Catalan Government in 2008 and 2014. Since 2015 he is Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal “Environmental and Experimental Botany”.
Marta Pintó-Marijuan received a BSc in Biology and a Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. She performed several research stays in both national and international research centers: National Research Council in Spain (CSIC), University of the Basque Country (UPV; Bilbao), Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB – Universidade Nova de Lisboa; UNL), Institute of agro-environmental and forest biology (IBAF-CNR, Montelibretti, IT), Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE-CNRS, Montpellier, FR), Instituto Superior de Agronomia (Lisbon, PT), Universidade de Aveiro (PT) and University of California-Berkeley (UC Berkeley, USA). Moreover, she collaborated with several private companies: Syngenta España SAU (Madrid, SP), Biovert SA (Lleida, SP), Bioiberica SA (Barcelona, SP) and Altri Gestão florestal (Olho Marinho, PT). With a background on plant ecophysiology, mainly related to the mechanisms of Mediterranean forest and model species to cope with abiotic stresses or climate change conditions, Dr. Pintó-Marijuan was incorporated to the Prof. Munné-Bosch research group in January 2013. Since then, she has been responsible to develop a new research line to understand the physiological and biochemical traits of native vs invasive species. We focused our research interests on the importance of the role of the antioxidant molecules (tocopherols, ascorbic acid and carotenoids) and the photoprotection mechanisms of these species to be adapted to the Mediterranean conditions.
Erola Fenollosa Romaní received her BSc in Environmental Sciences and MSc in Environmental Agrobiology from University of Barcelona in 2015 and 2016 respectively, both with extraordinary prize. She has also a Superior University Course in Data Science, aplications in Biology and Medicine with Python and R (2018). In 2014 she stayed for three months in Dr. Katja Tielbörger’s lab, from Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany), through an Erasmus fellowship from Spanish Goverment. She is currently a PhD student at University of Barcelona, and she has been awarded with a 4-year PhD Fellowship (FPU) from the Spanish Government for the study of invasive plants using a combined approach integrating data science in the study of invasive plants' physiology.
Marina Pérez-Llorca received her BSc in Biology and her MSc in Environmental Agrobiology from the University of Barcelona in 2016 and 2017, respectively. She completed both her bachelor’s final project and her master’s final project in Cardiff University (UK), studying the ecophysiology of dioecious plants under the supervision of Julia Sánchez Vilas. Furthermore, she held a traineeship in Leiden University (The Netherlands) during 2015. Now, she has joined the team ANTIOX to perform her PhD, focused on the role of phytohormones and the protection mechanisms of the Mediterranean shrub Cistus albidus under several environmental stresses.
Andrea Casadesús received her BSc in Biology and MSc in Agrobiological and Environmental Sciences from the University of Barcelona in 2018 and 2019, respectively. She started at the ANTIOX group to investigate the paraheliotropism and adaptation of Cistus albidus to Mediterranian winter. She is currently working at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona, carrying out her PhD in the regulatory hub of the trade-off between the capacity to synthesize jasmonates and vitamin E in plants at various levels of organization.
Paula Muñoz received her BSc in Biology (Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology) from the University of Barcelona in 2015. She performed her final degree project at the LIT in Limerick (Ireland) enhancing the extraction of high value carotenoids in microalgae. In 2016, she fulfilled her MSc in Molecular Biotechnology and completed her project under the supervision of Dr. Sergi Munné-Bosch in the production of vitamin E in sweet cherries. At the moment, Paula is doing her PhD with a fellowship from the Spanish goverment to understand relevance of photo-inhibition in acclimation and developmental proccesses in plants.
Ignasi Arqués-Viver is currently studying a BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona. He is collaborating with the ANTIOX group in the research of ecophysiology of invasive plants, under the supervision of Erola Fenollosa and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.
Rachida Bouchikh is currently studying her BSc in Biology at the University of Barcelona. She has joined the team ANTIOX to perform her end-of-degree project, focused on the role of sun orientation and age driven variability on phytohormones and the biotic protection mechanisms of the Mediterranean shrub Cistus albidus, under the supervision of Andrea Casadesús and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.
Andrea Ravenna is currently studying her BSc in Biology at the University of Barcelona. She is collaborating with the ANTIOX group in the research of ecophysiology of invasive plants and the role of seed banks in its spread, under the supervision of Erola Fenollosa and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.
Montse Roll is currently studying a BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona, and performing her final degree project with the ANTIOX group in a study evaluate the role of Vitamin E in resistance and tolerance to drought in Sesame plants, under the supervision of Dr. Marta Pintó-Marijuan and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.
THE ANTIOX TEAM