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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”.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Marta Pintó-Marijuan
martapinto@ub.edu

Marta Pintó-Marijuan received a BSc in Biology and a Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. In December 2020, she became Associate Professor of Plant Physiology at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona. She performed several research stays in both national and international research centres: 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 to cope with abiotic stresses or climate change conditions of Mediterranean forest, crops and model species, Dr. Pintó-Marijuan became member of the Antiox research group in January 2013. Since then, she has been involved in the developement of the new research line focused 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.

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Melanie Morales
melanie.morales@ub.edu

Melanie Morales has received funding from the 3-year postdoctoral fellowship program Beatriu de Pinós (co-funded by the Government of Catalonia and the Horizon 2020-European program) for the study of photoprotection mechanisms in plants live under extreme environments (extremophytes). This fellowship allowed her to rejoin the ANTIOX Ecophys group in August 2020, in which she developed her Ph.D. in Plant Biology (2012-2015). Besides, she is leading the 2-research lines from the ANTIOX Ecophys Group: Abiotic Stress Tolerance and Sexual Dimorphism. During her previous postdoc-research career, she was awarded an international postdoc-fellowship (FONDECYT, Chile) and Juan de la Cierva Formación (Spain) in which she focused her research on oxidative stress as a master regulator in trade-offs between productivity and stress tolerance in terrestrial plants, which can help to discover new model species for studying mechanisms of future interest to crops. She has developed this research participating with international collaborators and projects, Prof. León Bravo (Universidad de la Frontera, Chile) and Jaume Flexas (Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain), and participating in extreme field campaigns such as the Antarctic Peninsule, Chilean Altiplano (at 4.500 m.a.s.l) and the Atacama Desert, the world's driest desert. Melanie Morales pursue her goals to establish her research line in extremophytes with the hope to get scientific advances helping to preserve the environment and species under the climate change framework.

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 Government. She performed her PhD in the ANTIOX Ecophys group 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. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the ANTIOX Ecophys group where she is developing the research line of the Ecological modelling of Invasive Plants and Ecophysiology of Mediterranean Seed Banks in coordination with Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch

PhD STUDENTS

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. During his MSc degree, he studied the relations between sweet cherry development and its native microbiome. He was awarded with a 4-year fellowship in 2019 to carry out his PhD research in the Antiox group, studying the role of different phytohormones and antioxidant compounds on plant-microbe interactions.

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.

Camila Ribalta-Pizarro
c.ribalta@ub.edu

Camila Ribalta-Pizarro obtained her degree in agricultural engineering and her MSc in Viticulture and Enology from University of Chile, in 2016. Her MSc project studied the effect of abscisic acid on photosynthesis and sugar concentrations in leaves and berries of grapevines (Vitis vinifera L.) cv. Carménère. She worked as a researcher over 2 years in the Valparaiso Regional Center for Fruit and Vegetable Innovation, focused on the sustainability of agricultural systems of Valparaiso Region. Furthermore, she has worked in the study of the effect of water stress on grapes and wine quality, with Dr. Alejandro Cáceres Mella. She has recently been awarded a 4-year PhD scholarship from the Chilean government (Becas Chile, CONICYT) and has joined the ANTIOX team to study oxidative stress related to grape and wine quality under water stress conditions and different canopy managements.

MASTER STUDENTS

Patricia López
patrifdz98@gmail.com

Patricia López, student of MSc Environmental Agrobiology at the University of Barcelona. She’s joining the ANTIOX group to collaborate in the study of the response of extremophile plants to multiples abiotic stresses for her final degree project, under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Morales and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

Ot Pasques
otpasques@gmail.com

Ot Pasques is currently studying MSc Environmental Agrobiology at the University of Barcelona. He joined the ANTIOX Team to collaborate with the study of abiotic stress tolerance under the supervision of Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

BACHELOR STUDENTS

Clàudia Carvajal
claudiactudela.23@gmail.comm

Clàudia Carvajal is studying Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona and she is developing her final degree project with the ANTIOX Team. She studies the ecophysiological responses to stress of a potential invasive plant and other species to compare them, under the supervision of Dr. Erola Fenollosa and Prof. Marta Pintó-Marijuan.

Elena Murcia Díaz
elena.murcia11@gmail.com

Elena Murcia Díaz is currently studying Biology at the University of Barcelona. She is collaborating in the ANTIOX research team working on invasive plants species in the City of Barcelona. Her project will lead to scientific dissemination and will make citizens into the horizon that meets society and science in one piece under the supervision of Dr. Erola Fenollosa and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

Amira Bouhaddada
amira.b.q@hotmail.comm

Amira Bouhaddada, is studying environmental sciences at the University of Barcelona. She’s joining the ANTIOX group in order to collaborate in the study of mechanisms of tolerance to abiotic stresses for her final degree project, under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Morales.

Lucas Marginedas
lucas.marginedas@gmail.com

Lucas Marginedas is studying Biology at the University of Barcelona. He joins the Antiox Team to carry out his final degree project about "Evaluate the mechanisms of compensation between production, reproduction and defense in the endemic palm of the Mediterranean Chamaerops humilis under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Morales.


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