P10 - IRTA
- Last Updated: 10 February 2016
IRTA is a research institute of the Catalonia Government and Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Natural Environment. IRTA mission is to contribute to modernising, improving, boosting competitiveness, and fostering sustainable development in the sectors of agriculture, food, agroforestry, aquaculture, and fishing, as well as in all areas of activity directly or indirectly related to the supply of healthy, high-quality foodstuffs to end consumers, while also contributing to food safety and safe processing of foodstuffs and in general enhancing the health and well-being of the population. IRTA’s team specifically participating in this proposal has a pluridisciplinar extpertise (see below) and will count on technical support and equipment: boats and oceanograpic equipment for field work, microalgal culture facilities, biochemistry lab (Biosensors), analytical lab (chromatography and LC-MS/MS) and cell lab (Cytotoxicity). We have participated in national and EU research projects and contracts including ALARMTOX (INTERREG SUDOE IVB), BIOKA (EUROTRANSBIO) and PROTLCUEM.
Key personnel involved
Dr. Jorge Diogène graduated in Biology at the Universitat de Barcelona (Spain) and has a PhD in Toxicology from the Université Paris 7 (France). He is heading the Marine Monitoring and Food Safety subprogram at IRTA. His research interests are oriented towards the evaluation of toxin production from microalgae, toxin determination in shellfish and the development of cell-based assays to identify and quantify the toxicological potential of toxins. His responsibilities focus on the monitoring programme for the quality of waters in shellfish harvesting areas in the field of seafood quality analysis and food safety evaluation.
Dr. Mònica Campàs graduated in Chemistry at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) and received her PhD on Chemical Engineering in the area of biosensors and arrays in 2002. In 2003 she moved to France, where she worked as a postdoc at the BIOMEM group of the Université de Perpignan. Since 2007 she is heading a research line on assays and biosensors for toxins from aquatic media at IRTA. Her research topics include new biomolecule immobilisation methods, novel arraying techniques for biochip manufacture, electrochemical transduction designs, signal amplification strategies, and development of biosensors for phycotoxin, cyanotoxin and mycotoxin detection.
Dr. Maria Rambla-Alegre graduated in Chemical Sciences (specialisation in Analytical Chemistry) from University Jaume I, Castellon, Spain. Afterwards, she also earned her PhD in sciences from this university, working on the determination of antibiotics using micellar liquid chromatography in physiological samples and food. Following her doctorate, she completed a one-year postdoctoral position at Ghent University (Belgium); after which she worked for three years as a research scientist at the Research Institute for Chromatography (RIC, Kortrijk, Belgium). In July 2015 she joined IRTA as a researcher, and will be in charge of the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, aimed at the determination of marine biotoxins with different analytical techniques, mainly chromatographic, including mass spectrometry detection. Within ECsafeSEAFOOD Maria’s work focuses on the identification and quantification of emerging marine toxins in food and the environment.
Margarita Fernández-Tejedor graduated in Biology at the University of Barcelona (Spain), followed by the studies in the PhD Program on Marine Sciences (1989-1993) at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain). She is specialized on Marine Microbiology and Marine Phytoplankton Ecology and Taxonomy. Her experience started in 1988 at the CSIC in Blanes (Spain). In 1989 she moved to the laboratory of Marine Microbiology (CNRS, Marseille, France), and in 1996 to the NatMIRC in Swakopmund (Namibia). Since 1998 she works at IRTA-Sant Carles de la Ràpita on harmful phytoplankton.
Laia Reverté Calvet graduated in Biotechnology at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) in 2009, followed by an official master in Immunology at Universitat de Barcelona and Univeristat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) in 2010, where she gained experience in cultures and differentiation of umbilical cord blood cells at the Centre de Recerca Vall Hebrón (Barcelona, Spain). Afterwards, she worked during 2011 and 2012 at IRTA of Sant Carles de la Ràpita as research technician on immunoassays and biosensors for toxins from aquatic media. Recently, she has started her PhD at IRTA through the ECsafeSEAFOOD project focused on toxicological studies and development of biosensors for the detection of emerging marine toxins.
Olga Carnicer Castaño graduated in Environmental Science at the University Miguel Hernandez (Elche, Spain) in 2006, followed by an official master in Global Change at Universidad Menendez Pelayo (Madrid, Spain) in association with CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas) where she made her masters project titled "Seawater warming enhances growth and biomass of experimental Posidonia oceanica epiphyte community". She started her PhD in November 2010 at IRTA working with the toxic epiphyte dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf. ovata in the South coast of Catalonia (Spain).
Lucia Soliño Alonso gratudated in Marine Biology at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) in 2005, followed by Advanced Studies Diploma (DEA) in Benthic Organisms Ecology (Vigo, Spain) where she worked as a researcher for the project "ACUISOST: towards a sustainable aquaculture" (2008 - 2010). She started her PhD in November 2010 at IRTA in association with Universidad Rovira i Virgili where she accomplished a Master on "Neurotoxic and citotoxic compounds in the microalgae Amphidinium carterae". Currently, she is carrying out her PhD entitled "Toxicity detection and evaluation in microalgae and fishery products by means of cellular based assays".
Maria Garcia-Altares graduated in Environmental Science at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain) in 2009. She achieved her MSc with distinctions in Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality at Wageningen University (Wageningen, The Netherlands) and started her PhD in September 2010 at IRTA while studying her MSc in Applied Chromatographic Techniques at Universitat Rovira i Virgilli (Tarragona, Spain). Her PhD thesis focuses on the analytical methods of liquid chromatography couple to mass spectrometry for the analyis of well-studied and emerging lipophilic marine toxins in Catalonia (Spain).