The ANTIOX-Ecophys Team
Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch
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”.
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).
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 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-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 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.
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.
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 action mechanism of one of their commercial products in plants.
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. At the moment she is involved in the collaboration between the ANTIOX group and Biovert SL to investigate apple sunburn and she also researches how to expand avocados shelf-life.
David H. Fresno
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.
Tania Mesa is currently studying a BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona and she is performing her final degree project with the ANTIOX group in a study to expand avocados shelf-life under the supervision of Celia Vincent and Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.
Ernest Garzón is currently studying a BSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Barcelona. He is collaborating in the ANTIOX group to research the role of the ethylene transcription factor, ERF1, as a mediator in hormonal crosstalk under salt stress in Arabidopsis thaliana, under the supervision of Maren Müller.
David Torres Selga is currently studying a BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona and he is performing his final degree project with the ANTIOX group in hormonal crosstalking in arabidopsis under the supervision of Maren Müller.
The ANTIOX – AgriFood Biotech team