Miguel Alcalde Group


Prof. Miguel Alcalde

Principal investigator


I am the boss who still believes that the dark side of the force is not stronger…only quicker, easier, more seductive…

Andrea Menés Rubio

Lab Manager


I’m a biologist with a MSc in biotech. I’m in between lab-bench and paperwork. Out of lab, I enjoy spending time with my dog, (trying to) play drums and go to every concert I can.

Dr. Eva García Ruiz

Senior Postdoc (PI programa CAM atracción de talento)


I recently joined the lab as post-doc researcher. I am currently working on enzyme engineering for high-value chemicals production in microbes. During my free time I enjoy reading, cooking, painting, hanging out with friends and travelling.

Dr. Israel Sánchez Moreno

Senior Postdoc


I have been working in the field of the biocatalysis for years, always in the limit between chemistry and biology (bringing balance). My research is focused on protein engineering of peroxidases. Outside of lab, I love listening to reaggeton music, watching the Tele5 TV shows, and lying miserably about my hobbies in my internet profiles.

Dr. Daniel Méndez Sánchez

Senior Postdoc


I’m an organic chemist from Asturias who moved to biocatalysis over the years. My ongoing research is focused on protein engineering of peroxygenases. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, watching tv shows and playing videogames.

Dr. Patricia Gómez de Santos



I studied Biology at the Complutense University of Madrid. My research is focused on protein engineering of peroxygenases and design of fusion proteins for in situ H2O2 generation. I love traveling and playing board games.

Alejandro Beltrán Nogal

PhD Student


I studied Biochemistry and Industrial Biotechnology at the University Complutense of Madrid. My research interests come into characterizing and engineering short peroxygenases. I am obsessed with figure skating, cats, and I like dancing too.

Dianelis Toledo Monterrey

PhD Student


I am a Cuban, Spain-based biologist who fell in love with Madrid 20 years ago. My research interest focuses on the discovery and engineering of new peroxygenases employed in biosynthesis. I am a bookworm, love my cats and, I have a passion for cooking

Mikel Dolz Ruiz

PhD Student


I am a biotechnologist from Zaragoza who is taking his first steps in Directed evolution of enzymes. I settle for the little things in life like a good chat, a good beer or getting my PCRs right. Fun fact about evolution: It is said that Darwin’s tortoise outlasted him more than 100 years. Will our enzymes do the same?

Merve Keser

PhD student


I have been told that I am a world citizen; I am Turkish-born, raised in the US, and spent another chunk of my life in The Netherlands where I received my BSc and MSc in the field of biochemistry and biotechnology. I have moved to Spain for my Ph.D.studies involving directed evolution of galactose oxidase for further advancement of green chemistry and pharmaceutical industry. I’m a fairly good baker, a coffee snob, and have a love for gin (the good kind).

Jesús Laborda Mansilla

PhD Student


After studying Pharmacy and a master in Biotech I joined the lab as an enthusiastic PhD student. My project is focused on PET biodegradation and its conversion to high-value chemicals. I love doing homemade things like cheese or jam… but my flagship product is homebrewed beer.

Thomas Reichhart

ITN internship

Educated as a Structural Biochemist in Frankfurt, I am now pursuing my Ph.D. in Biomolecular Technology in Vienna – admittedly, the most beautiful city in the world (next to Madrid, of course) – where I am hosted by the Biotech company DirectSens. As a visiting scientist at the Alcalde lab, I set out to engineer long-term stable biocatalysts for implantable glucose sensors using chimeragenesis and directed evolution. I have a soft spot for specialty coffee and recreational chess, so if you are interested: let’s play a game! (preferably, in a charming Café in Madrid’s old town; coffee’s on me!)

Miguel Alcalde Laboratory
Institute of Catalysis, ICP-CSIC,
Cantoblanco, 28049, Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 915854806
Fax: +34 915854760

Miguel de Abreu

Manager Business Development, 3P Biopharmaceuticals, Belfast, UK.

Susana Camarero

CSIC Staff Scientist, CIB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain.

Katarina Elbl-Müllhofer

Engineer at Testo Industrial Services, GmbH, Germany.

Layla Fernandez

Group Leader Protein Engineering in Evoxx technologies, GmbH, Germany.

Carlos Garcia-Burgos

Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager at Acino Pharma AG, Switzerland.

Iraj Ghazi

Scientist at Homology Medicines, Inc, Boston, USA.

David Gonzalez-Perez

Postdoc Scientist at Moffit Cancer Center & Research Institute, Florida, USA.

Mehdi Imani

Associate Professor at Urmia University, Iran.

Adinnaraya Kunamneni

PhD researcher at University of Kentucky, Kentucky State, USA.

Diego Jimenez-Lalana

Predoctoral fellow at CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain.

Macarena Lopez

Scientist Process Development CMC, Seville, Spain.

Diana Mate

Talent Attraction Researcher at University Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

Javier Martin-Diaz

Titulado Superior de actividades técnicas y profesionales CSIC, Spain.

Seyed Mohammad Mosthtaghioun

Academic Staff at Yazd University, Iran.

Miguel Arcangel Palomino-Lopez

Biologist at Andujar town hall, Spain.

Alina Roman

Senior Technologist at Lonza, London, UK.

Pamela Torres-Salas

Senior Technologist at Repsol, Madrid, Spain.

Ana Isabel Vicente-Martin

Account manager at Gilson, Madrid, Spain.

Miren Zumarraga

Senior Scientist at Guserbiot, Vitoria, Spain.