2007:Ph.D. Degree in Environmental Sciences by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
2001:Degree in Environmental Sciencies, UAB.
1998:Degree in Technical Chemical Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Since 02/2011:Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
09/2009-01/2011:Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Leipzig, Germany).
05/2007-08/2009:Postdoc Researcher (UAB).
12/2006-04/2007:Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
11/2004-03/2005:Visiting Researcher at the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (Michigan State University)
Biodegradation of Industrial Contaminants and Waste Valorization Group
I am currently working on two different lines of research at the Grup de Recerca Consolidat de Degradació de contaminants industrials i valorització de residus (2009 SGR 656):
Enrichment, isolation and biochemical and physiological characterization of bacteria that use halogenated compounds as terminal electron acceptors for respiration (organohalide respiration). These microorganisms are of interest to find sustainable ways to clean up contaminated groundwaters. My special interests are chloroform-respiring bacteria and the mechanisms involved in the dihaloelimination and hydrogenolysis of chlorinated alkanes.
Degradation of emerging contaminants from wastewaters using the white-rot fungus Trametes versicolor. Our studies range from identification of the enzymatic system involved and byproducts formed during the degradation process to the treatment of real urban wastewaters in fluidized pellet bed bioreactors.