OUR PEOPLE

The ANTIOX - AgriFood Biotech team

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch smunne@ub.edu

Sergi Munné-Bosch (ICREA Academia, 2014) was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1974. He received the Biology degree and the Ph.D. degree 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 Plant Biology at the University of Barcelona, and during the period from 2002 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 Plant Biology Department at the University of Barcelona focused on the study of the function of antioxidants in plants, plant ecophysiology and postharvest 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. During 2008 and 2014, he was a recipient of the ICREA Academia Award, given by the Catalan Government. Since 2015 he is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal "Environmental and Experimental Botany".

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Dr. Maren Müller
maren.muller@ub.edu

Maren Müller completed her first state examination in Nutritional Science at the University of Hannover (Germany) in 2000 and went on to earn her doctorate at the University of Kiel (Germany) in 2004. This was following by a one year position as a research assistant at the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Barcelona. After a maternity leave and a two and a half year period working as a Food Quality Manager she rejoined to the research group of Sergi Munné-Bosch at the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Barcelona in 2009. Since then, inter alia she is responsible for the plant hormone analysis including cytokinins, auxins, abscisic acid, salicylic acid, jasmonates, gibberellins, melatonin, and brassinosteroids in different plant tissues. Nowadays she is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Barcelona (since 2014) and at the University of Vic (since 2015).

PhD STUDENTS

Verónica Tijero
veronicatijero@ub.edu

Verónica Tijero completed her BSc in Biotechnology (Molecular biology) from the University of Barcelona in 2014. She received  her  Master  degree  in  Environmental Agrobiology from the University of Barcelona during 2015. Since July 2015, she is a PhD student at the University of Barcelona in the ANTIOX group, where she is studying the function of phytohormones and antioxidants during the ripening of sweet cherries.

 

Paula Muñoz
paula.munoz@ub.edu

Paula Muñoz Roldán 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) optimizing a protocol for 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 evaluating sweet cherries antioxidant compounds levels and the expression pattern of genes involved in the vitamin E biosynthesis during the ripening process. In 2017 she was awarded with a 4-year PhD Fellowship (FPI) from Spanish Government and her research focuses on studying the mechanisms of redox state control in fruits and leaves of plants with economical and ecological impact.

Marina Pérez
marinaperez@ub.edu

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 in the function of phytohormones and secondary metabolism of plants under several environmental stresses. In addition, she is currently participating in a project to improve the postharvest fruit quality through the study of their hormonal profiles at the ANTIOX group.

Miriam Navarro
navarro.arenas.m@gmail.com

Miriam Navarro Arenas received her BSc in Microbiology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2015 and her MSc in Biomedicial Research in 2016. She performed her bachelor’s final project at Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, and her master’s final project at Reference Laboratory of Catalonia, both projects focused on antibiotic resistances. Furthermore, she did an internship in Moredun Research Institute (Edinburgh) during the summer of 2015, carrying out a project about gut microbiota. Now she is performing an industrial PhD between ANTIOX group and Macasa SL, a company specialised on farm products production and her research is focused on the incorporation of microorganisms in fertilizers in order to improve them.

MASTER STUDENTS

Andrea Casadesús
acasadca14@alumnes.ub.edu

Andrea Casadesús finished her BSc in Biology at the University of Barcelona in 2017 and she is currently studying a master degree in Environmental Agrobiology at the same university. Andrea started at the ANTIOX  group to invesigate the paraheliotrophism and adaptation of Cistus albidus to Mediterranian winter. At this moment, her research is associated to the collaboration of the ANTIOX group with the APC Inc. company to investigate the mechanism of action of one of their commercial products in plants.

Celia Vincent
cvincesa7@alumnes.ub.edu

Celia Vincent studied a BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona and is currently performing a master degree on Food innovation and development at the same university. She started collaborating with the ANTIOX group in 2017 on a research of seed viability related to plant longevity and also developed her BSc final project with the ANTIOX group where she investigated the regulation of antioxidants in cherry fruits under the supervision of Paula Muñoz and Dr. Sergi Munné-Bosch. At the moment she is involved in the collaboration between the ANTIOX group and Biovert SL to investigate apple sunburn.

BACHELOR STUDENTS

Alba Arabia
alba.arabia.97@gmail.com

Alba Arabia is studying a BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona. She has recently joined  the ANTIOX  group to collaborate in the investigation of the project with APC Inc. supervised by Andrea Casadesús and Sergi Munné-Bosch.

Tania Mesa
tmesapar7@alumnes.ub.edu

Tania Mesa is currently studying a BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona and this semester she has started collaborating with the ANTIOX group in a project to enhance polyphenol contents in strawberry fruits supervised by Maren Müller and Paula Muñoz.

 

Ricard Pujolriu
ricardpujolriu18@gmail.com

Ricard Pujolriu is currently studying his third year of Biotechnology BSc at the University of Barcelona. He has recently joined the ANTIOX group tto collaborate in the investigation of the project with APC Inc. supervised by Andrea Casadesús and Sergi Munné-Bosch.

 

 

Cris Sabala
sabalajarquec@gmail.com

Cristina Sabala is currently studying a BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona. She started collaborating this semester in a project of the ANTIOX group to study the regulation of antioxidants in strawberries under the supervision of Paula Muñoz and Dr. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

 

 

Miguel Soliva
msoliva28@gmail.com

Miguel Soliva Sánchez is a second year student of a BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona. He is currently helping the PhD student Paula Muñoz to carry out a project involving ROS metabolism and its impact on the longevity of Lilium cut flowers.

The ANTIOX team

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