Dra. Milagros Castellanos
Milagros Castellanos studied Biology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. In 2011 she obtained her Ph.D. at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid under the guidance of Prof. Mauricio García Mateu (CBMSO). She worked in the structural, thermal and mechanical properties of viruses and their impact in the viral function and future nanotechnological applications. In 2013 she moved to Prof. Víctor Muñoz’s lab (CNB-IMDEA Nanosciece), where participate as a “Juan de la Cierva” posdoc in several projects individually or in collaboration. Her research mainly focused on biophysical characterization of protein-DNA interactions, protein folding and amyloids’ structural-functional relationship. Currently she joined Dr. Álvaro Somoza’s group (IMDEA Nanoscience) as a Postdoctoral researcher participating in several projects which aims the successful application of cutting-edge nanobiotools for the detection and treatment of several diseases such as cancer.
DRa. Rocío Coloma
Rocío Coloma began her scientific career at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In 2003 she obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and in Molecular Biology. In 2004 she joined Dr Juan Ortín´s laboratory, at National Centre for Biotechnology, with a FPI scholarship. During her Thesis she carried out functional and structural studies of Influenza virus RNPs. In 2009 she got her PhD in Molecular Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She continued as a postdoctoral fellow in the same group for 4 more years. In 2014 she moved to Dr Jaime Martin-Benito´s laboratory, at National Centre for Biotechnology, to study the replication and transcription machinery of Influenza virus. Currently she has joined Dr Alvaro Somoza´s group at IMDEA-Nanoscience Institute and is working on SARS-CoV-2 project.
dr. Hernán Alarcón
Hernán Alarcón studied Biology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid where he collaborated on the analysis of different biomaterials for the treatment of bone diseases by using mesenchymal stem cells derived from the human bone marrow. After his graduate studies, he got his master’s degree in Biotechnology at the same university and worked as an internship researcher at the Molecular Biology Department. In 2019 he obtained his Ph.D. at the Molecular Biology Department of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. His work was focused on the development of a lentiviral vector collection to express wild type and two mutant antagonist human prolactin hormones with the potential to describe the effect of human prolactin on various biological processes. Recently, he joined Dr. Álvaro Somoza’s group (IMDEA Nanoscience) as a Postdoctoral researcher to participate in the development of colorimetric sensors based on gold nanoparticles for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.
Dr. Jorge Royes
Jorge Royes completed his BSc in Chemistry at the Universidad de Zaragoza in 2008. His increasing interest in the world of polymers and molecular self-assembly made him enroll Jose Luis Serrano research team (ICMA), where he worked in the photoinduction of chirality in achiral materials, awarding his PhD in organic chemistry in 2014. During his PhD, however, he became increasingly curious about the properties of biomolecules and living organisms. Thus, he finished a second BSc in Biochemistry in 2013, which convinced him to pursue a research career at the frontier of chemistry and biology. In 2015 he moved to Toulouse, where he worked at the IMRCP lab in close collaboration with cancerologists (ITAV) to create innovative cell culture substrates with photo-controllable rigidity. Then, in 2016, his desire to further advance in this research path prompted him to Paris, to work between a biotechnology (IBPC) laboratory and a Physical chemistry (ENS chimie) one. There, he engineered a bacterial host and expression system to produce lipidic nano-vesicles surrounded by a corona of custom-made proteins. Now in 2020, he has joined Dr Alvaro Somoza´s group at IMDEA-Nanoscience (and changed croissants, baguettes and brie for chocolate con churros, tapas and jamón serrano) to apply his knowledge in material chemistry and biochemistry to the development of colorimetric sensors for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.