OUR PEOPLE

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

Paula Muñoz
paula.munoz@ub.edu

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.

PhD STUDENTS

Miriam Navarro
miriamnavarro@ub.edu

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
c.ribalta@ub.edu

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
celiavincent@ub.edu

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
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. During his MSc degree, he studied the relations between sweet cherry development and its native microbiome. He was awarded with a 4-year fellowship in 2019 to carry out his PhD research in the Antiox group, studying the role of different phytohormones and antioxidant compounds on plant-microbe interactions.

Alba Arabia
alba.arabia.97@gmail.com

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. For her MSc, she focused her research on the development of a commercial product to expand shelf-life of stone fruits during postharvest. At the moment, Alba is a PhD student of the fruit physiology and technology research line of the ANTIOX Agri-Food biotech group, where she is studying the complex interplay of hormones and biomolecules that regulate fruit ripening and postharvest.

MASTER STUDENTS

Tania Mesa
tmesapar7@alumnes.ub.edu

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.

BACHELOR STUDENTS

Míriam Domènech
mdomenpi17@alumnes.ub.edu

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
carmengs3012@gmail.com

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. 

Alba González
agonzabe29@alumnes.ub.edu

Alba González Betancort, is currently studying an university degree in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona (UB). She specialized in molecular mention of her degree but during the last years, her interest in the agricultural field and food technology has increased. This year she will join the Antiox team to do her final degree project about the development of a biostimulant to overcome osmotic stress. 

Núria Fernández 
nfernabe8@alumnes.ub.edu

Núria Fernández is currently studying her BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona. She is doing her final degree project in collaboration with the ANTIOX reseach team because of her interest in the agrifood field. She is now studying variations in pigments of chia seeds and sprouts and the implications of exogenous hormonal applications for their improvement, under the supervision of Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Ghita Hoummadi

Ghita Hoummadi is currently studying food science engineering at Agrosup Dijon in France, to become a food engineer specializad in sustainable food formulation. At the moment, she is doing a research internship at the ANTIOX group of the University of Barcelona, under the supervision of Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch. During her stay, she is working on pigments determination in chia seeds and sprouts to depict potential high-quality compounds improved by hormonal applications.

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