Researchers



Raúl Muñoz (mutora@iq.uva.es)
Dr. Muñoz holds a PhD in Environmental Biotechnology from Lund University (2005). Raúl is Associate Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology at the University of Valladolid. His main fields of expertise are biological gas treatment, biogas upgrading and wastewater treatment in algal-bacterial photobioreactors. Over the last 10 years, Raúl has published more than 152 ISI papers (H index = 40), 25 book chapters, 115 International Conference proceedings (69 oral platforms + 46 posters) + 12 Invited keynotes/Plenary Lectures and supervised 13 PhD theses and 21 Master theses.

Pedro A. García Encina (pedro@iq.uva.es)
Pedro is Professor of Environmental Technology. Since the 80´s he works in anaerobic processes and nutrients removal/recovery in wastewater treatment. His current research is focused on the use of molecular techniques to study waste and water treatment processes. Pedro has published more than 70 ISI papers and has supervised 16 PhD students. He actively colaborates with companies on technical evaluation and design of industrial wastewater treatment plants. To date, Pedro is the coordinator of the Master in Environmental Engineering of the University of Valladolid.


Raquel Lebrero (raquel.lebrero@iq.uva.es)
Dr. Lebrero holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Valladolid where she also obtained the Grade in Chemical Engineering. Raquel did her final project design at the Imperial College of London, where she obtained the International Diploma. She has performed research stays in the laboratories of Richard Stuetz (UNSW Water Research Centre, Sydney) and Herman Van Langenhove (ENVOC Group, Gent University). Her research focuses on the design of bioreactors for treating odour and VOCs emissions from wastewater treatment plants.


Rebeca Pérez Fernández (rebeca.perez@iq.uva.es). 
Dr. Rebeca holds an MSc degree in Chemistry from the University of Valladolid (Spain) and a PhD in Biotechnology and Biochemistry from the Institute of Biology and Molecular Genetic (IBGM) of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). She has performed a postdoctoral stay in the Center of Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa of the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid (UAM), and she joined in 2011 the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid as senior researcher. Her current research focuses on molecular biology techniques applied to biological processes for the abatement of greenhouse gases.


Esther Arnáiz Rodrigo (esther.arnaiz@iq.uva.es)
Dr. Arnáiz holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Valladolid. She has worked at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Burgos (Spain) and in the Instrumental Techniques Laboratory of the University of León (Spain). She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid. Her research focuses on the development of analytical methods and monitoring techniques to analyse biomethane. 


Elisa Rodríguez (elisamrr@iq.uva.es)
Dr. Elisa holds a PhD in Molecular Microbial Ecology from the University of Valladolid (Spain). She has colaborated with Professor Alfons J.M. Stams (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) and Professor André Bezerra Dos Santos (Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil). Elisa is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid. Her research focuses on the application of Molecular Microbial Ecology Tools to Facilitate the behavior prediction of the engineered ecosystems.


Sergio Bordel (sergio_bordel@hotmail.com) 
Sergio Bordel holds a PhD in Process Engineering from the University of Valladolid (Spain), where he also obtained the Grade in Chemical Engineering. He has been a Postdoc and Assistant Professor at the Systems Biology group of Chalmers University (Sweden). He has also worked at ThermoFisher Scientific and at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Lithuania). His main fields of expertise are systems and computational biology, bioinformatics, and non-equilibrium thermodynamics, which has resulted in the publication of 38 ISI papers and 4 book chapters. His research will be focused on the overproduction of polyhydroxyalkanoates by methanotrophic bacteria through metabolic engineering.


Sara Cantera (sara.cantera@uva.es)
Sara Cantera studied Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, Spain) where she also got a MSc in Microbiology. She has collaborated with Research Centers such as the Environmental Engineering Group at University of Cantabria (Spain) and the Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Food Science (UAM). Currently, Sara is a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid. Her research is focused on the abatement of greenhouse gases, such as CH4, through biotechnological processes.


Dimas Garcia (dimas.garcia@iq.uva.es)
Dimas studied Chemistry and holds a Master in Water Science, both at National Autonomous University of Nicaragua. Dimas is currently a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid under the ERAMUS MUNDUS Program of the European Union. His research focuses on the development of innovative biotechnological processes for the treatment of wastewater using algal-bacterial photobioreactor.


İlker Akmirza (akmirzailker@itu.edu.tr)
İlker studied Environmental Engineering at Yildiz Technical University and holds an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology from Istanbul Technical University (Turkey). İlker is currently a Joint PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid and Istanbul Technical University. His research focuses on the biological treatment alternatives of BTEX under anoxic conditions.


David Marín de Jesús (d.marin@iq.uva.es
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David studied Chemical Engineering at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (Honduras), and holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Valladolid (Spain). David is currently a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid. His research focuses on biogas upgrading in algal-bacterial photobioreactors under outdoor conditions.


Zaineb Dhaouefi (dhaouefi_zaineb@yahoo.fr)
Zaineb studied Biological Sciences and Biotechnology at Higher Institute of Biotechnology Monastir (Tunisia) and holds an MSc in Genetic, Physiological and Biological Diversity. Currently, she is a PhD student in Biological Sciences at the University Tunis El Manar (Tunisia). She has joined for the second time the Gas Treatment and Microalgae Research Group as visitor PhD student and her current research focuses on textile wastewater treatment in a combined anaerobic-photosynthethic system.

María del Rosario Rodero (mrrodero@iq.uva.es)
María del Rosario studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Granada (Spain). She is currently a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid. Her research focuses on the optimization of biogas upgrading in algal-bacterial photobioreactors at largescale.


Roxana Ángeles Torres (roxana.angeles@iq.uva.es)
Roxana studied Environmental Engenieering and holds a MSc in Environmental Science from Veracruzana University (México). She is currently a PhD student at Departament of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid. Her research focuses on the evaluation and optimization of algal-bacterial biogas upgrading in enclosed photobioreactors.

Yadira Rodríguez (yadira.rodriguez@alumnos.uva.es)
Yadira studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Malaga (UMA, Spain) and holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Environmental Technology and Engineering (IMETE Programme) from Ghent University (UGent, Belgium), IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (The Netherlands) and University of Chemistry and Technology of Prague (UCTP, Czech Republic). She has collaborated as a visiting researcher with groups from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile), Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research (Portugal) and UCTP. Currently, Yadira is a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid. Her research focuses on exploring new strategies for the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates through biogas valorisation.

Víctor Pérez (victor.92.perez@gmail.com)
Víctor holds a Msc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Valladolid. He has performed two research stays at Turku University (Finland) and Hamburg University of Technology (Germany) focused on agricultural waste crops valorisation. Currently, Víctor is a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid. His research focuses on the scaling-up of microalgae technologies for the conversion of municipal solid waste into new bio-based products within the URBIOFIN project.

Celia Pascual (celia.pascual93@gmail.com)
Celia Pascual studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Valladolid (Spain) and she holds Msc. in Environmental Engineering. She is currently a PhD student at Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid. Her current research focuses on the development of innovative biotechnologies for the removal of siloxanes from biogas prior injection within the natural gas grid.


Cristian Sepúlveda-Muñoz (sept.swat@gmail.com)
Cristian is Biotechnologist and holds a Master in Biotechnology, both at University of Antofagasta (Chile). Cristian is currently a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology of the University of Valladolid under the Program for the Formation of Advanced Human Capital of CONICYT (Chile). His research focuses on the development of processes for the treatment of wastewater using purple phototrophic bacteria and use of their pigments in the manufacture of dye sensitized solar cells.

Octavio García Depraect (ogarcia_es@ciatej.mx; tavo_8807@hotmail.com)
Octavio studied Biochemical Engineering at Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa (Mexico) and held an MSc in Bioprocessing Science from Instituto Politecnico Nacional (Mexico). He is currently a Ph.D. student at Department of Environmental Technology from CIATEJ (Mexico). He joined the VOC & Microalgae Research Group to do a research stay. His research focuses on the production of bioH2 + bioCH4 from the anaerobic digestion of tequila vinasse.


Enrique Regidor Alfageme (enriqueregidor@hotmail.es) 
Enrique Regidor studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Valladolid (Spain). He is currently a master student of Environmental Engineering at the University of Valladolid. He joined the VOC & Microalgae Research Group to do his final masters project. His research focuses on methanotrophic bacteria applicated to ectoine production and its optimization 

Laura Merchan Catalina (laura.merchan@alumnos.uva.es) 
Laura studied Chemical Engineering at University of Valladolid (Spain). She is currently a master student of Environmental Engineering at the University of Valladolid.She joined the VOC & Microalgae Research Group to do his final master project. Her research focuses on exploring new strategies for the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates through biogas valorisation. 

Juan Gancedo Verdejo (juan.gancedo@alumnos.uva.es)
Juan studied Chemical Engineering at University of Oviedo (Spain). He is currently a master student of Environmental Engineering at the University of Valladolid. He joined the VOC & Microalgae Research Group to do his final master project. His research focuses on the improvement of the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates by methanotrophic bacteria..


Christian Domínguez Labajo (christian.dominguez@alumnos.uva.es)
Christian is a fourth-year Chemical Engineering student from the University of Valladolid. He joined the VOC & Microalgae Research Group to do his final degree project since July 2017. His research focuses on piggery wastewater treatment in algal-bacterial photobioreactors.


Ángel Rodríguez Herrero (angelhrod@gmail.com)
Ángel is currently a student of Chemical Engineering at the University of Valladolid. He joined the VOC & Microalgae Research Group to do his traineeships since February 2018. His research focuses on the simultaneous biogas upgrading and wastewater treatment in an algal-bacterial photobioreactors.


Cristina Lozano Villamediana (cristina.lozano.villamediana@alumnos.uva.es)
Cristina is currently a fourth-year Chemical Engineering student from the University of Valladolid (Spain). She joined the VOC & Microalgae research group with the aim of doing her final degree project. Her research focuses on the assessment of the effectiveness of a biosand filter as a tool to remove nutrients, heavy metals and other compounds of the water, to be implemented in developing countries afterwards.
Technicians


Jonatan Prieto Jiménez (prietojimenez95@gmail.com)
Jonatan has studied Higher-Education Technician in Analysis and Quality Control at the IES Ramón y Cajal (Valladolid, Spain). He worked in 2016 at the Instrumental Techniques Laboratory of the Valladolid University. In December 2016 he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology within the same university. His work will be focused on the laboratory support of the researchers of the Environmental Technology Group.