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The ANTIOX-Ecophys Team

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch
smunne@ub.edu

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”.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Paula Muñoz
paula.munoz@ub.edu

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. In 2017 she was awarded with a 4-year PhD Fellowship (FPI) from Spanish Government and her PhD dissertation focused on the study of mechanisms for redox state control in fruits and leaves of plants with economical and ecological impact. Since May 2020, Paula Muñoz is a postdoctoral researcher at the ANTIOX Ecophys group where she is developing the research line of vitamin E in stress sensing and signaling in coordination with Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

PhD STUDENTS
Erola Fenollosa
efenollosa@ub.edu

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
mperezllorca@gmail.com

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.

David H. Fresno
dhernandez-fresno@ub.edu

David H. Fresno received his BSc in Biotechnology from the University of Barcelona in 2017. He carried out his final degree project at the Molecular Plant Pathology group of the University of Amsterdam studying the interactions between tomato, fungal endophytes and Fusarium. Currently, he is studying a master’s degree in Plant Biology, Genomics and Biotechnology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has recently joined the ANTIOX group to study the interactions between plants and their microbiome, focusing on the role of hormones and antioxidant compounds.

Andrea Casadesús
acasadesus@ub.edu

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.

MASTER STUDENTS

Rachida Bouchikh
rachidab96@gmail.com

Rachida Bouchikh received her degree in biology from the University of Barcelona in 2020. She joined the ANTIOX team to carry out her final degree project, focused on the role of variability driven by solar orientation in the protection mechanisms against biotic and abiotics stresses in Cistus albidus. Currently, she is studying a master's degree in Environmental Agrobiology from the University of Barcelona. She is collaborating with the ANTIOX group in the investigation of the adaptability of Cistus albidus under environmental stress with the supervision of Andrea Casadesús and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

BACHELOR STUDENTS

Ignasi Arqués-Viver
ignasi.arques@gmail.com

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.

Andrea Ravenna
andrearavennalaguna@gmail.com

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.


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