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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

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 Dimorphism Sexual. 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 Ecophysiology of Invasive Plants and Ecophysiology of Mediterranean Seed Banks in coordination with Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch

PhD STUDENTS

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.

Vicent Caselles
vicentcaselles97@gmail.com

Vicent Caselles is currently studying a MSc in Environmental Agrobiology at the University of Barcelona. He is collaborating with the ANTIOX group in the research of the role of phytohormones and antioxidant compounds on the process of senescence, under the supervision of Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

BACHELOR STUDENTS

Núria Fernández
nfernabe8@alumnes.ub.edu

Núria Fernández is currently studying her BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona. She is collaborating with the ANTIOX group in the research of seed banks, under the supervision of Dr. Erola Fenollosa and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

Sandra Rasero
srasero99@gmail.com

Sandra Rasero is currently studying Marine Science at the University of Barcelona and she joined ANTIOX team to carry out her final degree project about Vitamin E biosynthesis in Cymodocea nodosa under the supervision of Andrea Casadesús and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

Ot Pasques
otpasques@gmail.com

Ot Pasques is currently studying Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona. He joined the ANTIOX Team to collaborate with the study of abiotic stress tolerance of Borderea pyrenaica and Plantago lanceolata, exploring proxies of mortality under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Morales and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

Estrella Fernandez
estrefer98@gmail.com

Estrella Fernández is currently studying Marine Science at the University of Barcelona. In the ANTIOX Team she developes her research about Vitamin E biosynthesis in Cymodocea nodosa under abiotic stress under the supervision of Andrea Casadesús and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

Cristina Aldana
crisaldana99@gmail.com

Cristina Aldana is studying Marine Sciences at the University of Barcelona, she’s collaborating with the Antiox Team to carry out her final degree proyect which is about the genetic expression of Vitamine E on aquatic and terrestrial plants.

Júlia Capellades
jcapec@gmail.com

Júlia Capellades is studying Biology at the University of Barcelona. In the ANTIOX Team she developes her final degree project about Ecophysiology of invasive plants under the supervision of Dr. Erola Fenollosa and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

Patricia López
patrifdz98@gmail.com

Patricia López, student of Environmental Sciences 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.


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