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  • Prof. Álvaro Somoza Calatrava

    PhD: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Spain
    Previous Position: Instituto de Investigaciones Biologicas (IRBBarcelona), Barcelona. Spain
    Research: Nucleic Acids and Nanoparticles in Nanomedicine
    ORCID: 0000-0001-9873-435X
    Researcher ID: F-8781-2010
    Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.es/citations?user=GYgnD7EAAAAJ&hl=es&oi=ao
    Joining Date: April, 2009
    User Name: alvaro.somoza
    Telephone: +34 91 299 88 56
    Somoza Calatrava

    Álvaro Somoza studied Chemistry at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid where he did his Ph.D., under the direction of Prof. Carmen Carreño, focused on the total synthesis of Rubiginones. He then joined the group of Prof. Eric Kool at Stanford University. There he worked on a project focused on using modified oligonucleotides to study the role of sterics and hydrogen bonding interactions in RNA interference. Later, he moved to Barcelona to work with Dr. Ramón Eritja at the IRB, where he started a project devoted to the study of the interactions between RNA strands and the protein involved in RNA interference. In 2009, he joined IMDEA Nanociencia and was promoted to Senior Scientist in 2015.

    Research Lines

    The research of Dr. Somoza is focused on the preparation of modified oligonucleotides and function alization of nanoparticles for different biomedical applications, such as the detection and treatment of Uveal Melanoma, Pancreatic and Breast Cancer and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Particularly, modified nucleic acids are conjugated to nanoparticles for the regulation and detection of relevant genes and microRNAs involved in those diseases. Some of the sensing systems aim to work with ex vivo samples (RNA extracts) without the need of any equipment. Here, a change in the colour of a solution will confirm the presence of the disease.

    For the treatment of the diseases, the nanostructures are also functionalized with different drugs and targeting molecules to improve their efficacy as nanomedicines. In this case, the aim is also to build robust and selective systems that can be translated to in vivo experiments.

  • Dr. Mario Martínez Mingo

    Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
    ORCID: 0000-0002-2963-5769
    Joining Date: September, 2021
    User Name: mario.martinez
    Martínez Mingo

    Mario Martínez-Mingo obtained his BSc in Chemistry in 2015 from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and his MSc in 2016 at the same university under the supervision of Dr. María Ribagorda and Prof. Carmen Carreño. He then did his PhD at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid under the supervision of Prof. Juan Carlos Carretero and Dr. Nuria Rodríguez focusing on the selective functionalization of C–H bonds through long-range metallacycle intermediates, stabilized by sulfur containing coordinating moieties. Currently, he joined Dr. Álvaro Somoza´s group as post-doctoral researcher at IMDEA Nanociencia.

  • Dr. Demian Pardo Filippidis

    Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
    Research: Nucleic Acids and Nanoparticles in Nanomedicine
    ORCID: 0000-0002-0251-0704
    Joining Date: February, 2018
    User Name: demian.pardo
    Pardo Filippidis

    Demian Pardo studied Biochemistry at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he also obtained his master’s degree in biotechnology studying the “mechanisms implicated in the reprogramming of primordial germ cells and DNA damage caused by hypoxia” under the supervision of María Paz de Miguel Gonzalez . Then, he worked as laboratory technician at Instituto de Química Orgánica General at the oligosaccharides and glycosystems group in Spain till 2018. In 2023 he finished his industrial PhD at IMDEA Nanociencia and Synthelia Organics under the supervision of Dr. Álvaro Somoza and Dr. Francisco Tato.

  • Irene Pardo Sierra

    Position: PhD Researcher
    Research: Nucleic Acids and Nanoparticles in Nanomedicine
    Joining Date: April, 2021
    User Name: irene.pardo
    Pardo Sierra

    Irene Pardo studied Biotechnology at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. In 2020, she did an internship in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Miller School of Medicine of Miami, under the supervision of Dr. Sylvia Daunert. There, she worked on a biosensor based on nanobodies to target the prostate specific membrane antigen for the early diagnosis of prostate cancer in liquid biopsies. And during the pandemic, she was also involved in the development of a Point of Care RT-RPA test for the detection of SARS-CoV2. In 2022 she obtained her master’s degree in Research in Translational Medicine at Universidad Complutense de Madrid working on lncRNAs for cancer diagnosis and treatment at IMDEA Nanoscience under the supervision of Prof. Álvaro Somoza. Currently, she is starting her PhD thesis in relation with her master project.

  • Dr. Luis Alberto Campos

    Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
    ORCID: 0000-0003-4788-9102
    User Name: luis.campos

    Luis Alberto Campos has been working in biophysical studies related to proteins for the last two decades. In 2003, He obtained his PhD in biochemistry under the supervision of Prof. Javier Sancho at the University of Zaragoza, working on biophysical studies focused on protein folding and stability, and later, he continued his scientific studies with a postdoctoral stay at the University of Maryland in the laboratory directed by Prof. Victor Muñoz, using single molecule techniques to study protein folding. In 2008, he moved to the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, in Madrid, where he continued studying protein folding of barrierless proteins, being the recipient of a Marie Curie fellowship. Later on, he moved to the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, in Madrid, where he obtained a Ramón y Cajal fellowship in 2014. There, he was the principal investigator of a national grant project focused on rational engineering of protein assemblies. Nowadays, he has joined Dr. Alvaro Somoza´s laboratory at IMDEA Nanociencia institute, where he is going to participate in the improvement of detection and treatment methods using derivatized nanoparticles.

  • Arturo González Camuñas

    Position: PhD Researcher
    ORCID: 0000-0003-4080-6351
    González Camuñas

    Arturo González Camuñas studied Chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where he also obtained his master’s degree in Organic Chemistry under the direction of Prof. José Alemán, his work was focused on “Design of new intelligent 2D porous materials” such as: covalent organic frameworks (COFs)”. Later, he worked at Ercros, where he developed guarantee and quality control functions. Next, he was hired as a research assistant at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos under the supervision of Victoria Morales Perez. His work was focused on: “Design of magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles as vehicles with biomedical applications”. He currently has started his industrial PhD studies at IMDEA Nanociencia and Alodia Farmacéutica under the supervision of Prof. Álvaro Somoza. His thesis is focused on the development of a sensor based on gold nanoparticles for the diagnosis of infectious diseases.