Miguel Alcalde Group

Members

Prof. Miguel Alcalde

Principal investigator

malcalde@icp.csic.es

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

Project Manager

andrea.menes@csic.es

I’m a biologist with a MSc in biotech. I’m in between lab-bench and paperwork. Out of the lab, I’m a huge fan of Marvel and Star Wars, also a make-up junkie, but what I like the most is spending time with my dog in the nature, (trying to) play drums and go to every concert I can.

Dr. Eva García Ruiz

Senior Postdoc (PI programa CAM atracción de talento)

eva.garcia.ruiz@csic.es

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

isra.sanchez@iqog.csic.es

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

daniel.mendez.sanchez@csic.es

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. David González Pérez

Senior Postdoc (Juan de la Cierva Incorporación)

david.gonzalez.perez@csic.es

I am a biochemist with a protein engineer heart, fascinated by directed evolution and robotic platforms. High throughput is my fuel and proteins my lifestyle. I am currently working on investigating peroxygenase catalysis and plastic-degrading enzymes. In my free time I love to drive somewhere, traveling, and spending good time with family and friends. 

Alejandro Beltrán Nogal

PhD Student

alejandro.beltran@csic.es

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

d.monterrey@csic.es

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

mikel.dolz@csic.es

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

mkeser@eyown.com

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

j.laborda@csic.es

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.

Dr. Xie Wang

MSCA postdoctoral fellow

xie.wang@tum.de

I have a PhD in biochemistry from microorganisms. I am visiting ICP and still learning directed evolution of enzymes. In my free time, I like to travel, take photos, taste different foods and know different cultures. To conclude, life is short, one should live it to the fullest.

SOME FORMER LAB MEMBERS

Alejandra Alfuzzi (Scientist Analist Sopra Steria, Madrid, Spain)

Leire Barandarian Larrea (MSAT Scientist at Viralgen (VCT) Pais Vasco, Spain)

Susana Camarero Fernández (Científico Titular CIB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)

Katarina Elbl-Müllhofer (GxP-Engineer, Testo industrial services GmbH, Germany)

Layla Fernandez (Group leader Protein Engineering at Evoxx Technologies, Colonia, Germany)

Carlos Garcia Burgos (Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, Acino Pharma, AG, Zurich, Switzerland)

Iraj Ghazi (Scientist at Homology Medicines, Boston, USA)

Patricia Gomez de Santos (Scientist at EvoEnzyme, S.L., Madrid, Spain)

Bernardo Gomez Fernandez (CTO at EvoEnzyme, S.L., Madrid, Spain)

Manh Dat Hoang (Reseach Assistant, Technical University of Munich, Germany)

Elvin Igarta (Analytical Researcher and Development Scientist, HP, Puerto Rico)

Mehdi Imani (Professor at the Urmia University, Iran);

Gordana Kovacevic (Enzyme Discovery Scientist, Chr Hansen, Denmark)

Christoph Küng (PhD student University of Basel, Switzerland)

Natila Kwiatos (Postdoctoral Researcher at the International Centre for Research on Innovative Biobased materials (ICRI-BioM), Lodz University of Technology, Poland).

Sofia Lazaro (Biotecnologist at Exopol, Zaragoza, Spain)

Macarena Lopez Morales (Project Manager at Clinical Supply Operations, Bristol Myers Squibb, UK)

Juan Mangas (Senior Research Fellow ARAID, Zaragoza, Spain)

Diana Mate Mate (Project Manager, UAM, Madrid, Spain)

Ivan Mateljak (Scientist at EvoEnzyme, S.L., Madrid, Spain)

Seyed Mohammad (Professor Yarzd University, Iran)

Patricia Molina Espeja (Project Manager, ICP-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)

Carmen Paret Fernandez (Senior Clinical Research Associate at GSK, Madrid)

Mar Lopez Pelegrin (Lab Manager Institute of Science and Technology, Vienna, Austria)

Pascal Püllmann (Postdoc at the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Department of Bioengineering Imperial College London, UK)

Joaquín Ramírez Ramírez (Assistant Professor at the Monterrey Tecnology Center, Cuernavaca, México).

Valeria Risso (Associated Professor, Universidad de Granada, Spain)

Alina Roman (Lead Technologist at Lonza, London, UK)

Plínio Salmazo Vieira (Associated Researcher, Centro Nacional de Pesca, Energía y Materiales, CNPEM, Brasil).

Pamela Torres Salas (Senior Scientist Repsol, Madrid, Spain)

Morgane Valles (Research Scientist, Multus, UK)

Javier Viña Gonzalez (Science Manager at EvoEnzyme, S.L., Madrid, Spain)

Jia Wei Yang (Professor at Zunyi Medical College, China)

Miren Zumárraga Uribesalgo (Lead Scientist at Guserbiot, Pais Vasco, Spain)

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