- Mariona Sodupe (1962) got her degree in Chemistry from the Universitat Autònoma Barcelona (UAB) in 1985 and her PhD in Chemistry from the same University in 1990. Then, she performed a postdoctoral stay (1990-92), as a Fulbright Fellow, at NASA Ames Research Center (California). In 1992, she returned to the UAB as Associate Professor. Since 2008, she is Full Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the UAB. She has been awarded the Distinction of the Generalitat of Catalunya for the Promotion of Research at the University (2001) and the ICREA Academia prize in 2011. She is coauthor of 200 papers in international journals on computational and theoretical chemistry and has supervised 12 PhD Theses.
Main research interests focus on the structure and reactivity of bioinorganic systems using computer simulation techniques based on quantum chemical methods. Recent projects focus on the i) structure and redox activity of metal cation-amyloid systems in the context of neurodegenerative diseases, ii) adsorption, reactivity and self-assembly of biomolecules on silica based surfaces, in the context of prebiotic chemistry and iii) reaction mechanism of processes catalyzed by biocompatible transition metal complexes.