Meet Our Team

Please find below the profiles of our Principal Investigators,
as well as other current and previous group members

Group Leader

José Luis Mascareñas Cid
José Luis Mascareñas Cid
Full Professor of Organic Chemistry
joseluis.mascarenas@usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology and Synthesis and Catalysis
José Luis Mascareñas completed his PhD at the University of Santiago in 1988. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University (USA) under the supervision of Prof. Paul Wender (1989-1990); and became permanent professor in 1993, and full professor in 2005, at the University of Santiago.

He has been visiting scholar in Harvard University (USA) in the summers of 1992 and 1995, and visiting scientist in the University of Cambridge (UK, 2009) and the MIT (USA, 2013). In 2009 he received the Organic Chemistry award of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2013 he received the advanced grant ERC award of the EU, in 2014 he was selected as Galician of the year "Grupo Correo Gallego" and in 2015 he received the Gold Medal of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. 

His current research ranges from the discovery and invention of new metal-catalyzed processes to chem-bio programs aimed at designing new nucleic acid and protein recognition and sensing tactics, as well as at devising artificial catalysts that work in intracellular and biological setttings.

Senior Principal Investigators

Eugenio Vázquez Sentís
Eugenio Vázquez Sentís
Associate Professor
eugenio.vazquez@usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
M. Eugenio Vázquez (1973) graduated in Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1996, and obtained his PhD under the supervision of Prof. José Luis Mascareñas, working on synthetic DNA-binding peptides.

In 2001 he received the ”Human Frontier Science Program, HFSP” long-term fellowship and joined Prof. Barbara Imperiali at MIT, where he worked for three years on the development of caged compounds and fluorescent probes as tools for studying complex biological processes.

He returned to Santiago as a ”Ramón y Cajal” researcher in 2004, and received the ”Carreer Development Award” from the HFSP. He obtained his permanent position at the Organic Chemistry Department in 2010. In 2008 he received the Sigma-Aldrich Young Researchers Award of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, and in 2010 he received the Lilly young researcher award.
Fernando López García
Fernando López García
CSIC Tenured Scientist
fernando.lopez@csic.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Fernando López García (A Estrada, 1975) studied Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela where he obtained his degree in 1998. During his PhD (1999-2003) at the same University, under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas, he carried out two predoctoral stays at the ETH-Zürich (Prof. Erick M. Carreira) and at Yale University ( Prof. John F. Hartwig). From 2003 until 2005 he was  a Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellow at  the University of Groningen, under the supervision of Prof. Ben L. Feringa

In 2006, he joined the University of Santiago de Compostela under the Ramón y Cajal programme. In 2008, he became Tenured Scientist at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and joined the Instituto de Química Orgánica General (IQOG). In 2009 he received the RSEQ-SIGMA-ALDRICH Young Chemists Award of the RSEQ.

Presently, he has been assigned to the Centro Singular de Investigación en Química Biolóxica e Materiais Moleculares (CIQUS), at the University of Santiago de Compostela. His research is focused on the development of new transition metal-catalyzed processes with a focus on enantioselective catalysis.
Moisés Gulías Costa
Moisés Gulías Costa
Associate Professor
moises.gulias@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Moisés Gulías (Pontevedra, 1978) studied Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela where he obtained his degree in 2001. He carried out his PhD studies as Xunta de Galicia Fellow at the same University under the supervisión of Prof. J. L. Mascareñas. As result, this thesis was awarded with the Extraordinary Award of University of Santiago de Compostela. In the middle of his PhD he also did a predoctoral stay at Stanford University (USA) under the supervision of B. M. Trost.

Between 2007 and 2009 he joined the group of Prof. M. Gaunt as postdoctoral fellow for which he was awarded with a prestigious Marie-Curie grant.

In 2010 he returned to the University of Santiago de Compostela as Isidro Parga Pondal Fellow and in 2011 he was selected for the Ramón y Cajal programme. In 2015 he was recognized with the Thieme Chemistry Journal Award and RSEQ-SIGMA ALDRICH Young Chemist Award.

His research is focused on the invention of new types of C-H functionalization reactions and their implementation for the synthesis of biologically active molecules.
Group Members
Previous Members
María José Rey Uzal
María José Rey Uzal
Technical Support
mariajose.rey@usc.es
Research area: Chemical biology & Synthesis and Catalysis
María Rey was born in 1976 in Santiago de Compostela where she studied Lab Technician.

Nowadays she is supporting the group as a Lab Technician.
Adrián Jiménez Balsa
Adrián Jiménez Balsa
Administrative Manager
adrian.jimenez@usc.es
Research area: Chemical biology & Synthesis and Catalysis
Adrián Jiménez-Balsa was born in Vilagarcía de Arousa (Pontevedra).

He studied Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), and he also received his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2012 by the same university.

He worked abroad as a researcher for several periods, first in Cambridge (UK) but mainly in Coimbra (Portugal).

Nowadays, he is supporting the group as Administrative Manager.   

               


María Tomás Gamasa
María Tomás Gamasa
"Juan de la Cierva" Fellow
maria.tomas@usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
María Tomás Gamasa studied Chemistry at University of Oviedo where she obtained his degree in 2006. She carried out her PhD studies as FPU fellow at the same University under the supervision of Prof. J. Barluenga Mur. As result, her thesis was awarded with the Extraordinary Award of University of Oviedo. She was also recognized with the Award SUSCHEM” 2010 (PREDOC) from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry”. During her PhD she also carried out two predoctoral stays at Bristol University (England) under the supervision of Prof. V. K. Aggarwal and at Université de Montréal (Canada) under the supervision of Prof. A. Charette.

After receiving her PhD, she was awarded with a Spanish fellowship to join the group of Prof. T. Carell, at the University of Munich. Between 2012 and 2014 she was awarded with an Alexander von Humboldt grant.

In 2015 she joined the University of Santiago de Compostela as “Juan de la Cierva” fellow, under the supervision of Prof. J. L. Mascareñas.

Her research is focused on the development of metal-catalyzed transformations in biological habitats, including living cells, and their implementation for bio-sensing and targeted therapy.
José Couceiro
José Couceiro
Postdoctoral Researcher
jose.rodriguez.couceiro@usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
José Couceiro studied PhD at the University of Salamanca (Microbiology and Genetics). He carried out one predoctoral stay at Estatal University of Pennsylvania.

After receiving his PhD, he was awarded with a fellowship to join the SWITCH laboratory, Flanders Institute for Biotechnology-K.U. Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Nowadays he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas.

Miguel Martínez Calvo
Miguel Martínez Calvo
"Juan de la Cierva" fellow
miguel.martinez@usc.es
Research area: Chemical biology & Synthesis and Catalysis
Miguel Martínez Calvo studied PhD at the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of Prof. Manuel R. Bermejo. He carried out two predoctoral stays at University of Pavia (Italy) under the supervision of Prof. Luigi Fabbrizzi and Prof. Luigi Casella.

After receiving his PhD, he was awarded with a fellowship to joing Prof. Thorri Gunnlaugsson in Trinity College Dublin (Republic of Ireland).

Nowadays he is a "Juan de la Cierva" fellow at the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas.
Christian Vidal Vides
Christian Vidal Vides
Postdoctoral Researcher
christian.vidal@usc.es
Research area: Chemical biology & Synthesis and Catalysis
Cristian Vidal Vides studied PhD at the University of Oviedo under the supervision of Joaquín García Álvarez, a "Ramón y Cajal" fellow, and Prof. Victorio Cadierno.

Nowadays he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas.
Lara Villarino Palmaz
Postdoctoral Researcher
lara.villarino.palmaz@gmail.com
Research area: Chemical Biology
Lara Villarino was born in Viveiro. She studied Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela where she received her PhD under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Fernando López in 2013. She carried out two stays, one stay at Harvard University and a second one at University of Toronto.

She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Groningen under the supervision of J. G. Roelfes.

Currently she is a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas.
Catarina Rodrigues
Catarina Rodrigues
Postdoctoral Researcher
catarina.baptista@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Catarina Rodrigues finished her M.Sc degree in Chemistry at Instituto Superior Técnico (UTL, Lisbon, Portugal) in 2007. In the same year she entered to the pharmaceutical company Alfama, Lda. as a research chemist, working on organic and analytical chemistry.

In 2013, she completed her Ph.D. in Synthesis and Photochemical Characterization of Multiphoton Absorbing Chromophores under supervision of Professor Carlos Afonso (iMed, FFUL) and Professor Gaspar Martinho (IST, UL).

She did a two-year postdoc (2015-2016) on the Valorization of Natural Resources under supervision of Prof. Carlos Afonso (iMed, FFUL) and Prof. Nuno Maulide (Univ. Vienna, Austria), with a 6 month stay in University of Vienna.

In 2017 she joined Prof. Mascareñas group as a Postdoctoral researcher within the International Postdoctoral Program 2016 from Campus Vida Research Centers Network.
Marc Font Molins
Marc Font Molins
Postdoctoral Researcher
marc.font@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Marc Font studied Chemistry at the University of Girona, where he was awarded his MChem in 2011. In 2015 he earned his PhD in Chemistry for studies focused on the elucidation of the mechanisms of coinage metal-catalysed cross-coupling reactions under the guidance of Dr Xavi Ribas and Dr Miquel Costas. His PhD studies included a research period within Prof John F. Hartwig’s team at the University of California at Berkeley.

He then joined the group of Prof Igor Larrosa at the University of Manchester as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow to develop novel strategies towards the selective C–H bond functionalization of arenes.

In 2017 he joined Prof José L. Mascareñas’s group pursuing Postdoctoral work on the development of transition metal-catalysed annulation reactions via C–H bond functionalization.
Cibrán Pérez González
Cibrán Pérez González
Postdoctoral Researcher
cibran.perez.gonzalez@usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
Cibrán Pérez graduated in Chemistry at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and then carried out his PhD research in Biophysics at the University of St Andrews under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Penedo.

He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of Prof. José Luis Mascareñas.
Ronald Nelson González
Ronald Nelson González
Postdoctoral Researcher
ronaldalexis.neldson@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Ronald Nelson was born in 1986 in Antofagasta (Chile). He studied Chemistry and Pharmacy at Catholic University of North Chile.

In 2012 he joined our group with a CONICYT fellowship as a PhD studient under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dr. Fernando López.
Iván Varela Sandá
Iván Varela Sandá
PhD Candidate
ivan.varela.sanda@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Iván Varela was born in 1990 in Santiago de Compostela. He studied Chemistry and MSc at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Nowadays he is a PhD Student at the same University under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dr. Fernando López.
Renata Calo Lapido
Renata Calo Lapido
PhD Candidate
renata.calo@rai.usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
Renata Calo was born in Boiro in 1991. She studied Chemistry and MsC at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Nowadays she is a PhD Student at the same University under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Prof. Eugenio Vázquez.

David Fernández Fernández
David Fernández Fernández
PhD Candidate
david.fernandez.fernandez@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
David Fernández studied Chemistry and MSc at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Nowadays he is a PhD Student at the same University under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas, Dr. Fernando López and Dr. Moisés Gulías.
Felipe Verdugo Leal
Felipe Verdugo Leal
PhD Candidate
felipeignacio.verdugo@rai.usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Felipe Verdugo was born in 1985 in Talca (Chile). He studied Chemistry at Catholic University of North Chile.

In 2014 he joined our group with a CONICYT fellowship as a MSc studient under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dr. Fernando López.
Paolo Destito
Paolo Destito
PhD Candidate
paolo.destito@usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
Paolo Destito was born in 1988 in Italy.He studied Chemistry and MsC University of Calabria (Cosenza-Italy).

He carried out one stay at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Aberdeen (Scotland, UK) under the supervision of Professor Matteo Zanda (University of Aberdeen) and Professor Giovanni Sindona (University of Calabria).

In 2014 he joined our group as a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas.
David Cagiao Marcote
David Cagiao Marcote
PhD Candidate
davidcm992@gmail.com
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
David Cagiao was born in A Coruña. He studied Chemistry and MsC at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Nowadays he is a PhD student at the same under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dr. Fernando López.
Soraya Learte Aymamí
Soraya Learte Aymamí
PhD Candidate
soleaay@gmail.com
Research area: Chemical Biology
Soraya Learte was born in Puerto de Sagunto, Valencia. She studied Biotechnology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Nowadays she is a PhD student at the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervisión of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dr. José Rodríguez Couceiro.
Joan Miguel Ávila
Joan Miguel Ávila
PhD Candidate
joanmiguel13@gmail.com
Research area: Chemical Biology
Joan Miguel was born in 1993 in Barcelona. He studied Chemistry at Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Nowadays he is a PhD Student at the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dra. María Tomás Gamasa.
Borja Cendón Mariño
Borja Cendón Mariño
PhD Candidate
borja.cendon@rai.usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Borja Cendón was born in 1994 in Pontevedra. He studied Chemistry (BSc and MSc) at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He joined the group in 2015 as an undergraduate, thanks to a collaboration grant by the MECD (Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport).
In 2017, he was awarded with an Accésit at the Arquímedes prizes by the MECD (Spain). These recognitions are given to the best sciencific works during bachelor and/or master degree/s at national level.

Nowadays he is a PhD Student, as FPI fellow (MINECO) at the University of Santiago de Compostela, under the supervision of Prof. José Luis Mascareñas and Prof. Moisés Gulías
Xandro Vidal Pereira
Xandro Vidal Pereira
PhD Candidate
xandrovp@gmail.com
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Xandro Vidal was born in 1994 in Lugo. He studied Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

Nowadays he is a PhD student at the same University under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dr. Moisés Gulías Costa.
Alejandro Gutiérrez González
Alejandro Gutiérrez González
PhD Candidate
a.gutierrez@usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
Alejandro Gutiérrez was born in 1995, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Island). He studied Chemistry at the University of La Laguna (BSc, 2017) and, while enrolled in his bachelor, he did an internship as CiQUS Summer Fellow in our group (2016). In 2018, he received his MSc. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

He is now a PhD student in our group under the Chemistry PhD programme, granted with a FPU fellowship.
José Manuel González
José Manuel González
PhD Candidate
josemanuel.gonzalez.gonzalez@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
José Manuel González was born in Cangas del Narcea (Asturias), in 1995. He grew up in Oviedo, where he studied B.Sc. in Chemistry (2017) at the University of Oviedo, and M.Sc. in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (2018) under the supervision of Prof. Félix Rodríguez and Prof. Francisco Javier Fañanás, at the same university. During the Summer of 2017 he joined the research group of Prof. Rubén Martín at ICIQ as a "Summer Fellow".

He is currently a PhD student at the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of Prof. José Luis Mascareñas and Prof. Moisés Gulías.
Juan Ramón Rodríguez Garrido
PhD Candidate
ramon.rodriguez@galchimia.com
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Juan R. Rodríguez studied Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

He received his PhD in 2002 under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Luis Castedo Expósito.

Nowadays he is a Technical Coordinate at Galchimia.

Ana María Caamaño Moure
PhD Candidate
ana.caamano@galchimia.com
Research area: Chemical Biology
Ana M. Caamaño studied chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela.

She received her PhD in 2002 under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas.

Nowadays she is a Project Manajer at Galchimia.
Alejandro Delgado Iglesias
PhD Candidate
adelgado@bioserentia.com
Research area: Chemical Biology
Alejandro studied Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela.

He received his PhD in 2004 under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Luis Castedo.

Nowadays he is working at BioSerentia.
Socorro Vázquez Campos
Socorro Vázquez Campos
Postdoctoral Researcher
Research area: Chemical Biology
Socorro studied Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela.
She received her PhD by the Carlsberg Research Centre and University of Santiago de Compostela in 2002.

She joined our group as a Postdoctoral Researcher from 2003 to 2004.

She has been working as a Researcher, first in the University of Twente and afterwards at the Catalonian Institute of Nanomaterials.

She moved to the LEITAT Technological Center in 2009, where she is now a Group Leader Scientist.
Verónica Dodero
Verónica Dodero
Postdoctoral Researcher
vdodero@yahoo.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
Verónica Dodero joined our group as a Postdoctoral Researcher from 2005 to 2007.

Nowadays she is an Associate Professor at Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina).


Timm Knoerzer
Postdoctoral Researcher
timmknoerzer@gmail.com
Research area: Chemical Biology
Timm was born in USA where he studied Chemistry and received his PhD.

He joined our group in 2007 as Postdoctoral Researcher.
By that time, he was working as an Associate Professor at Nazareth College University (USA).

Nowadays he is a Professor at United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, USA)



Juan Bautista Blanco Canosa
PhD Candidate
juanbautista.blanco@irbbarcelona.org
Research area: Chemical Biology
Juan B. was born in Cee in 1977. He studied Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela.

He received his PhD in 2006 at the same University under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas. He carried out one stay at the MIT (USA) under the supervision of B. Imperiali.

After receiving his PhD, he was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Scripps Research Institute (USA) under the supervision of P. Dawson.

He was a researcher in the group of Fernando Albericio al IRB-Barcelona under the "Ramón y Cajal" programme.

Nowadays he is a CSIC Tenuered Scientist.


Gaurav Bhargava
Gaurav Bhargava
Postdoctoral Researcher
gauravorganic@gmail.com
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Gaurav was born in India where he studied Chemistry and PhD.

He joined our group as Postdoctoral Researcher from 2008 to 2009.

Nowadays he is a Hired Professor at Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar (India).

Cecilia Portela Pallarés
PhD Candidate
c.portela.pallares@gmail.com
Research area: Chemical Biology
Cecilia was born in Santiago de Compostela in 1979. She studied Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela.

She received her PhD at the same University under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas in 2007. She carried out one stay at University of Barcelona under the supervision of F. Albericio and R. Eritja. She was a Fundación Barrié Postdoctoral Fellow at University Sapienza (Rome).

Nowadays she is a researcher at  Eli Lilly (Florence, Italy).


Juan Durán Verdasco
PhD Candidate
juandv77@gmail.com
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Juan Durán studied Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela where he received his PhD under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Fernando López in 2010. He carried out one stay at University of Groningen.

Nowadays he is a science (Physics & Chemistry) teacher at high school.

Beatriz Trillo Senín
PhD Candidate
beatriz_trillo@hotmail.com
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Beatriz studied Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela where she received her PhD under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Fernando López in 2010. She carried out one stay at Boston College Chemistry Department.

Nowadays she is a sciences (Physics & Chemistry) teacher at High School.

Olalla Vázquez Vázquez
Olalla Vázquez Vázquez
PhD Candidate
olallav@gmail.com
Research area: Chemical Biology
Olalla studied Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela where she received her PhD under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Eugenio Vázquez in 2010. She carried out one stay at Harvard University under the supervison of Gregory L. Verdine and a second one at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin under the supervision of Oliver Seitz.

After receiving her PhD she was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin under the supervision of Oliver Seitz.

Nowadays she is a Junior Professor at Philipps-Universität Marburg.
Elena Pazos Chantrero
Elena Pazos Chantrero
PhD Candidate
pazos.elena@gmail.com
Research area: Chemical Biology
Elena studied Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela where she received her PhD under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Eugenio Vázquez in 2012. She carried out one stay at Trinity College under the supervision of Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson and a second one at University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign under the supervision of Scott K. Silverman.

She was a Fundación Barrié Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University under the supervision of Samuel Stupp. S
he was Research Officer at Medcom Advance SA in Barcelona.

Nowadays she is Researcher (
InTalent UDC-INDITEX Program) in CICA, Universidade da Coruña.

Marisel Araya Rojas
Marisel Araya Rojas
PhD Candidate
marisel.araya@umag.cl
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Marisel was born in Chile where she studied Chemical Engineering.

She received her PhD at University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of J. Luis Castedo, José L. Mascareñas, Fernando López and Moisés Gulías in 2012.

Nowadays she is a Hired Professor at University of Magallanes (Chile).
Noelia Quiñones Álvarez
Postdoctoral Researcher
noequinones@hotmail.com
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Noelia was born in Oviedo where she studied Chemistry and PhD.

She joined our group as a Postdoctoral Researcher from 2012 to 2013.

Nowadays she is a Researcher at Galchimia.


Javier Francos Arias
Javier Francos Arias
Postdoctoral Researcher
francosjavier@uniovi.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Javier Francos was born in Oviedo in 1983. He studied Chemistry  at University of Oviedo where he received his PhD in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. José Gimeno and Dr. Victorio Cadierno.

After receiving his PhD, he joined our group as Postdoctoral Researcher from 2011 to 2012 under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas.
Then, he move to Glasgow, Scotland (UK), where he was a Research Assitant under the supervision of Dr. Charles O'Hara at the University of Strathlclyde.
In summer 2015 he moved back to the University of Oviedo, being awarded with a "Juan de la Cierva" fellowship for the period 2016-2017.

Nowadays he is an Associate Professor at the University of Oviedo (Spain).
Lucía Saya Codesal
PhD Candidate
luciasaya@gmail.com
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Lucía was born in Coruña. She studied Chemistry at University of A Coruña.

She received her PhD at University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Fernando López in 2013.

After received her PhD, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Nottingham under the supervision of Prof. Hon Wai Lam.

She is nowadays working as a researcher at Eurofins Villapharma Research, in Murcia (Spain).
Paloma Bernal Albert
Paloma Bernal Albert
PhD Candidate
paloma.bernal@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Paloma Bernal was born in Madrid; she studied Chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid.

She received her PhD at the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Fernando López in 2014.
Afterwards, she worked as a freelance scientific consultant for several companies.

Nowadays she works as a Technology Innovation Manager at the University of La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain).

Isaac Alonso García
Isaac Alonso García
PhD Candidate
isacalonso@hotmail.com
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Isaac Alonso was born in Vigo. He studied Chemistry at the University of Vigo.

He received his PhD in 2014 under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Fernando López. He carried out one predoctoral stay at Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse, Rostock, Germany, 2011.

He carried out a postdoctoral stay at Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung under the supervision of Manuel Alcarazo. Afterwards, he was working as junior researcher at Galchimia.

Nowadays he is QUIR at "Hospital Provincial" in Pontevedra.




Helio Ferreira Faustino
Helio Ferreira Faustino
PhD Candidate
helio.ferreira@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Helio Ferreira was born in 1981 in Nazaré (Portugal); he studied Chemistry at the University of Algarve.

Helio received his PhD in 2014 at the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dr. Fernando López. He carried out one predoctoral stay at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim and der ruhr (Germany) under the supervision of  Nuno Maulide.


Currently he is a Postdoctoral Researcher (FCT fellow) at the University of Lisbon under the supervision of Prof. Pedro Gois. 
Mateo Isidro Sánchez López
Mateo Isidro Sánchez López
PhD Candidate
mateoisidr.sanchez@rai.usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
Mateo was born in 1985 in Ferrol. He studied Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

He received his PhD in 2014 at the same University under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Eugenio Vázquez. He carried out three predoctoral stays: one month (CIB-CSIC Madrid, 2011) under the supervision of Jesús Jiménez Barbero, three months (Stanford University USA, 2011) under the supervision of Prof. Mattew Bogyo, three months (MIT Massachusetts, 2012) under the supervision of Prof. Alice Ting.


He carried out one first postdoctoral stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the supervision Prof. Alice Ting. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Stanford University also under Prof. Ting supervision.




Jesús Mosquera Mosquera
Jesús Mosquera Mosquera
PhD Candidate
jesus.mosquera@usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
Jesús was born in Arzúa in 1984. He studied Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

He received his PhD at the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of José L. Mascareñas and Eugenio Vázquez. He carried out one predoctoral stay at University of Cambridge under the supervision of Jonathan Nitschke.
After defending his PhD Thesis he moved to the University of Cambridge, where he was a postdoctoral researcher at J. Nitschke group.

Nowadays he is Juan de la Cierva Fellow in the CIC BiomaGune under the supervision of Prof. Liz Marzan.

Recently, he has been granted with a H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
fellowship

Cristina Penas Tallón
Cristina Penas Tallón
PhD Candidate
cristina.penas@usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
Cristina was born in Lugo in 1987. She studied Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

She received her PhD in 2015 at the same University under the supervisión of José L. Mascareñas and Eugenio Vázquez.

Nowadays she is a sciences (Physics & Chemistry) teacher at high cchool.
Andrés Seoane Fernández
Andrés Seoane Fernández
PhD Candidate
andres.seoane@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Andrés was born in 1988 in Santiago de Compostela. He studied Chemistry and MsC at the University of Santiago de Compostela. He received his PhD at the same University under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dr. Moisés Gulías.

He carried out one stay at RTWH of AACHEN under the supervision of Prof. Rueping.

In 2015 he received the Lilly Award.

Nowadays he is a Postdoctoral Researcher at UCSD (San Diego, California) under the supervision of Prof. Neal Devaraj.



Natalia Curado Dianez
Postdoctoral Researcher
nataliacuradodianez@gmail.com
Research area: Chemical Biology
Natalia studied Chemistry at University of Seville, getting her PhD at the University of Seville - CSIC. Additionally, she performed several research stays abroad during that last period.

She joined our group as Postdoctoral Researcher from April 2016 to November 2017.

Nowadays she is a research fellow at Brooklyn College (CUNY, New York), under the supervision of Dra. María Contel.



Jessica Rodríguez Villar
Jessica Rodríguez Villar
PhD Candidate
jessica.rodriguez.villar@usc.es
Research area: Chemical Biology
Jessica was born in 1989 in Carballo. She studied Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela where she obtained her PhD under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Prof. Eugenio Vázquez in 2016.

She carried out one predoctoral stay at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München under the supervision of Prof. Thomas Carell.

Nowadays she is a Researcher at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (France) under the supervision of Dr. Didier Bourissou.

Recently, she has been granted with a H2020-MSCA-IF-2017 fellowship
Cezar Catalin Comanescu
Cezar Catalin Comanescu
Postdoctoral Researcher
cezarcatalin.comanescu@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Cezar-Catalin Comanescu studied PhD at Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania under the supervision of Prof. Cornelia Guran. He carried out a predoctoral stay at Universita Degli Studi di Padova (Italy) under the supervision of Prof. Giovanni Principi. The PhD work focused on synthesis and characterization of novel ordered mesoporous materials and their application in catalysis and hydrogen storage. 

After receiving his PhD, he carried out a 3 year postdoctoral stage at University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, under supervision of Prof. Vlad Iluc. The postdoctoral research centered on synthesis and reactivity studies of palladium carbene complexes and various E-H (E=B, C, Si, Ge) bond activation and their catalytic implications.

He joined the group as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Santiago de Compostela under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dr. Moisés Gulías.

Nowadays he is a Teaching Assistant at the
Politehnica University of Bucharest, and also a Scientific Researcher (R. III) at the National Institute of Materials Physics (Ilfov, Romania)
Noelia Casanova González
Noelia Casanova González
PhD Candidate
noelia.casanova@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Noelia Casanova was born in Orense. She studied Chemistry and MsC at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

In 2015 she received the SusChem Predoc Mestrelab Award.

In 2017 she received her PhD under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Prof. Moisés Gulías. This same year she obtained the 2017 Lilly Award for predoctoral researchers.

Nowadays she is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge (UK), under the supervision of Dr. Robert Phipps. She has been granted under the Xunta de Galicia program for postdoctoral researchers with a 2+1 years fellowship.
Jaime Fernández Casado
Jaime Fernández Casado
PhD Candidate
jaime.fernandez@usc.es
Research area: Synthesis and Catalysis
Jaime Fernández was born in 1988 in Madrid. He studied Chemistry at University of Santiago de Compostela.

He defended his PhD Thesis in July, the 9th (2018) at the same University under the supervision of Prof. José L. Mascareñas and Dr. Fernando López.