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).
Marta Pintó-Marijuan received a BSc in Biology and a Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 2003 and 2009, respectively. 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 was incorporated to the Prof. Munné-Bosch research group in January 2013. Since then, she focused her research interests on the importance of the role of the antioxidant molecules (tocopherols, ascorbic acid and carotenoids) and the photoprotection mechanisms of ecologically interesting species and productive crops under the Mediterranean conditions.
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) enhancing 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 PhD dissertation focused on the study of mechanisms for redox state control in fruits and leaves of plants with economical and ecological impact. Since May 2020, Paula Muñoz is a postdoctoral researcher at the ANTIOX Agrifood-Biotech group where she is developing the research lines of fruit physiology and technology, as well as flower senescence and longevity, in coordination with Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.
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.
Celia Vincent studied a BSc in Biotechnology and a MSc in Food Innovation and development at the Univerity of Barcelona. 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, Celia is involved in the collaboration between the ANTIOX group and Biovert SL to investigate apple sunburn and she is also performing a phD studying avocado fruit and its related quality parameters along the supply chain.
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.
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 stress resistance of grape plants at the ANTIOX group.
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.
Iñigo Gómez completed his BSc in Environmental Sciences at the Salamanca University in 2014.
He is currently studying a master's degree in Environmental Agrobiology at the University of Barcelona and has joined the ANTIOX team to research the effects and efficency of an Enzimatically Hydrolyced Animal Protein-Based Bioestimulant (Pepton) in tomato plants under abiotic stress conditions.
Míriam Pocurull completed her BCs in Biology in 2012 at the Universitat of Barcelona (UB). In 2016 she finished Agricultural Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
Currently she is combining her job as an agricultural consultant specialized in pest detection and plant diseases management with the master in Environmental Agrobiology at Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Míriam has recently joined the Antiox Team focusing her research on the copper mobility inside the plant and its physiological effect when applied in salinity stressed tomato plants.
Tania Mesa received her BSc in Biotechnology and her MSc in Food Research, Development and Innovation from the University of Barcelona. She is currently studying a master’s degree in Environmental Agrobiology at the same university. Tania started collaborating with the ANTIOX group in 2018, where she developed her BSc final project about the identification of a new variety of avocados and its content of vitamin E. At this moment, her research is focused on the study of the involvement of vitamin E during chloroplast degreening in tomato fruits.
Alba Arabia completed her BCs in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona (UB) and her MSC in Novel Foods at Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). She is currently studying a master’s degree in Environmental Agrobiology at the University of Barcelona. Alba started collaborating with the ANTIOX group in 2018, where she developed her BSc final project about the differential accumulation of tocochromanols in strawberry. At this moment her research is focused on the development of a commercial product to expand fruit shelf-life.
Míriam Domènech is currently studying a BsC in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona because of her passion and interest in science and research. As part of her BsC, Míriam has specialised in the agri-food field to learn and be involved in food quality improvement. At the moment, she is in her fourth year of the BsC in Biotechnology and has started collaborating with the ANTIOX group to carry out her final degree project in the development of a commercial product to expand fruit shelf-life.
Carmen González Sánchez is currently studying a Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona. She has specialised in agri-food biotechnology during the last years of the degree due to her interest in this research field. This year she will focus on her final degree project, collaborating with the ANTIOX group in a new project to develop new biostimulants to be introduced in agriculture and food technology.