We are a research group based in the Complutense university of Madrid (Spain). Thus, we have a strong commitment with young researchers training, so we used to host scientists from undergraduate to postdoc levels. We are always open to receive new people in our growing lab, specially researchers interested in microbial ecology, microbial interaction networks and microbial metabolism from genomics to phenomics.
About myself: As Full Professor at the Department of Genetics, Physiology and Microbiology of the Complutense University of Madrid, my research line is mainly focused in yeast physiology and genetics. My current projects concern molecular, physiological and ecological aspects of the complex microbial communities inhabiting different environments such as vineyard soils, wine fermentations and wastewater treatment plants.
About myself: Throughout my teaching and research career, I've developed an intense research activity in the field of wastewater treatment processes and the ecology of aquatic environments. My doctoral thesis project dealt with the cytology and ultrastructure of the psychrophilic protist Euplotes focardii. From that moment until now, my studies have addressed the different problems existing in several natural and artificial aquatic environments with a special focus on the role of microorganisms in wastewater purification owning an especial interest in biofilm related processes.
About myself: I received my undergraduate education at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), where I also undertook my PhD in fungal metabolism with Prof. Martínez Peinado and Prof. Margarita Flores. Then, I joined a postdoctoral European grant at Fundación Caloustre Gulbenkian (Portugal), under the mentorship of Dra. Isabel Spencer-Martins, working in yeast taxonomy and physiology. Upon returning to UCM, in November 1991, I began my independent career at UCM, focusing my research on the biology of killer toxins in yeasts. Now, my group is interested in new applications of yeasts for winemaking and the development of biological tools for controlling biofouling in wastewater treatment plants. During 2019-20, I was Head of the UCM Research Results Transfer Office (OTRI).
About myself: With a research background in wine yeasts physiology, I am currently interested in microbial interaction patterns and its role in complex ecosystem performance. Trying to understand the role of keystone species in complex anthropogenic microbial ecosystems, I always try to understand the lifestyle of microbes under an evolutionary perspective.
About myself: During my entire career I've performed an extensive research activity related with microbial species and communities in aquatic ecosystems. The structure and function of the microbial communities in wastewater treatment processes has been the main area of my research addressing different aspects such as the protist community’s composition and contribution to the depuration process, their bioindicator value, biofouling mechanisms in Membrane Biological Reactors (MBR), biofilm formation capacities of bacterial populations, and quorum sensing/quorum quenching mechanisms.
Postdoctoral Researcher (now at Barriuso Lab, CIB-CSIC)
About myself: I am a Biologist and Microbiologist at Complutense University of Madrid. Since my first steps of my scientific career I´ve had a strong interest in evolution, finding yeasts as perfect models to study it at the genomic and phenomic levels.
Miguel de Celis
Postdoctoral Researcher (now at García-Palacios lab, ICA-CSIC)
About myself: Despite my microbiology formation, I am focused in microbial ecology, mainly of wastewater, giving a great importance to bioinformatic tools.
About myself: Biologist and microbiologist formed at Complutense University of Madrid. In the first stages of the scientific career I worked in grapevine fungal pathogens causing grapevine trunk diseases. Now, my investigation is founded in the biological control of wine acidity, deciphering the use of non-Saccharomyces as an alternative to malolactic fermentation.
About myself: I graduated in Biotechnology and worked with S. cerevisiae throughout my Bachelor and Thesis at the Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo (CABD). I am currently finishing my Msc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology while working at the Microbial Interactions and Ecology Lab. Now I am working on my Master's Thesis, in which I will determine the role of the microorganism community composition and fermentation conditions in the metabolic profiling of wines.
Sergio Izquierdo Gea