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

Project Manager


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)


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. David González Pérez

Senior Postdoc (Juan de la Cierva Incorporación)


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


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.

Dr. Xie Wang

MSCA postdoctoral fellow


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.

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