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

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.

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.

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.

Tania Mesa
tmesapar7@alumnes.ub.edu

Tania Mesa received her BSc in Biotechnologyfrom the University of Barcelona, her MSc in Food Research, Development and Innovation and MSc 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, Tania was awarded with an FPI grant to perform her PhD, and focused her research on the study of chloroplast degreening in several fruit models.

Laia Jené
laia.jene@ub.edu

Laia Jené received her BCs in Biotechnology from the University of Barcelona (UB). Then, she studied an MSc in High School teaching at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and an MSc in Environmental Agrobiology at the University of Barcelona (UB). Laia started her collaboration with ANTIOX group in 2018, where she developed her BSc final project about the invasive potential of several populations of Carpobrotus edulis. For her MSc final project, she worked with the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA), in Lleida. There, she studied the calcium absorption and translocation of several peach rootstocks while designed an in vitro methodology using the calcium isotope 44Ca. Currently, Laia is carrying out her PhD about parasitic species, such as the legume parasite Orobanche sp.

MASTER STUDENTS

Núria Fernández 
nfernabe8@alumnes.ub.edu

Núria Fernández finished her BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona last year and her final degree project was performed at the ANTIOX reseach team to study variations in pigments of chia seeds and sprouts and the implications of exogenous hormonal applications for their improvement. At the moment, Núria is studying a MSc in Environmental Agrobiology at the University of Barcelona and continues her resarch at the ANTIOX group.

Carmen González
carmengs3012@gmail.com

Carmen González Sánchez performed her Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona. She specialised in agri-food biotechnology during the last years of her degree and, as part of her final degree project, she participated in the development of a new biostimulant collaborating with the ANTIOX group. This year, Carmen is doing a MSc in Environmental Agrobiology at the University of Barcelona and continues to collaborate at the ANTIOX group.

Clara Mirabent
clmirabt7@alumnes.ub.edu

Clara Mirabent received her BSc in Biology from the University of Barcelona last year. Her collaboration with the ANTIOX research group started with the elaboration of her final degree project, where she studied postharvest treatments in “Bacon” avocados. At the moment, Clara is studying a MSc in Environmental Agrobiology at the University of Barcelona and continues to participate in the group.

BACHELOR STUDENTS

Sílvia Campillos Teixidó
scampite7@alumnes.ub.edu

 

Sílvia Campillos Teixidó is a student of the BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona (UB) who is interested in agriculture and plant physiology. She is joining the ANTIOX Research Group to carry out her final degree project about the effect of a biostimulant on stress tolerance and fruit quality under the supervision of Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch.

Núria Pallarés Vives
npallavi7@alumnes.ub.edu

 

Núria Pallarés Vives is currently studying a BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Barcelona. During the degree, she has specialized in agri-food biotechnology because of her interest in this field. This year, Núria has started collaborating with the ANTIOX group to carry out her final degree project about the role of melatonin during strawberry development and ripening under the supervision of Paula Muñoz

Helena Solé

 

Helena Solé is currently studying Biochemistry at the University of Barcelona, She’s collaborating with the Antiox team in order to develop her final degree project about the role of different phytohormones and antioxidant compounds on plant-microbe interactions, under the supervision of David H. Fresno and Dr. Sergi Munné.

Martina Turon Orra
mturonor7@alumnes.ub.edu

 

Martina Turon Orra is currently studying a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Barcelona (UB). Because of her interest in this field, she joined the ANTIOX team to carry out her final degree project about the study of the action of biostimulants on the fruit quality of Capsicum anuum grown under salinity stress, under the supervision of Marta Pintó-Marijuan.

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