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Biography

I am a research fellow at the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI), Waterford Institute of Technology. I obtained my Bachelor (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Navarra (Spain) in 1999, and I completed my PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Department of Genetics of the University of Seville (Spain) in 2006.

During my doctorate, I studied the genes of carotenogenesis in the fungus Fusarium, a work that I completed with a short-term EMBO grant that I obtained in 2005 to work at the University of Freiburg (Germany).

I performed my first postdoc at the Immunology Unit of the Hospital Universitario de la Princesa (Madrid, Spain). In this institution, I was awarded a Juan de la Cierva Fellowship in 2009 to investigate the effect of hypoxia on cardiac metabolism. For my second postdoc, I moved to the Institute of Biomedical Research Alberto Sols (Madrid, Spain) to work on cancer genetics.

After a career gap, I joined the Center for Desert Agriculture at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST, Saudi Arabia). In this role, I studied the biosynthesis of carotenoid-derived plant hormones.

My current research interests at the NRCI include the development and commercialization of a macular carotenoid-enriched yoghurt and the mass production of zooplankton on land.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

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