Organising Committee

J. Javier Burgos Mármol

Javier Burgos, Symposium Chair

Javier is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Computational Polymer Science in Prof. Alessandro Troisi’s group at the University of Liverpool. His career started at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he gained his degree in Physics. He then started working in the group led by Prof. Conxita Solans at the Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), a Spanish National Research Council centre, where he obtained an MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology awarded by the Universitat de Barcelona. It was at this stage that he definitely oriented his career towards the computational study of Soft-Matter.

After finishing his MSc, he moved to the UK, where he pursued his PhD degree under the supervision of Dr. Alessandro Patti at the University of Manchester with an EPSRC funded computational study on polymer nanocomposites. During those years, he also had the opportunity to spend three months in Prof. Josep Bonet’s group at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. His current project focuses on the computational study of organic semiconductors, materials of great interest for industries producing technologies such as solar cells, flexible displays and other optoelectronic devices.

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Miguel Anaya

Miguel Anaya
Miguel Anaya

Miguel Anaya is a Marie Curie Fellow in the group headed by Sam Stranks at the University of Cambridge, and the Schlumberger Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge. He graduated from Autonomous University of Madrid in 2012 in Physics, and he obtained a M.S. in Materials Science in 2013 at the University of Seville. In September 2014, he was awarded by a prestigious La Caixa Fellowship to fund his PhD for a project related to optical design of perovskite materials and solar cells. His thesis has been recently distinguished with the Prize for Best Experimental Thesis of the GEFES (Spanish Royal Society of Physics).

His research focuses on the optical and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors including metal halide perovskites and other organic semiconductors. He is particularly interested in low-cost, transformative electronics applications including photovoltaics and lighting.

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Sandra Álvarez Carretero

Sandra Álvarez

Sandra is a PhD student in computational biology at Queen Mary University of London. Even though now she cannot imagine a day working without her laptop, her career started at the wet lab and, little by little, she specialised in computer science. She carried out her BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Universidad Rovira I Virgili, Spain. Thanks to the Erasmus+ programme, she could work on a bioinformatics project at the University of Manchester focused on troubleshooting and implementing a pipeline to carry out virtual screenings.

From then onwards, she was sure about her career: she wanted to integrate the fields of biology and informatics for her future scientific research. She carried out her MSc in Bioinformatics at Högskolan I Skövde, Sweden, where she developed a pipeline to characterise bacterial isolates based on whole-genome sequencing data and other software pipelines to analyse transcriptomic and proteomic data. Currently, she is in her third-year as a PhD student at dos Reis lab at Queen Mary University of London, where she is developing and applying computational methods based on Bayesian statistics to study the evolution of species using molecular and morphological data.

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Ana Cristina Carvajal Duperier

Ana Cristina Carvajal

B.Sc. in Biology (Madrid Complutense University, Spain).
M.Sc. in Environmental Biology (Swansea University, Wales).

Worked for Tejerina Foundation as Head of the Translation and Documentation Department. Also Head of Cultural Planning, organizing both National and International conferences and activities collaborating with different Spanish and European universities. Head of Medical Documentation and Library at Sanofi – Synthélabo.

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Gala Guillán Carballeira

Gala Guillán

Gala is an Eurofins Scientist working in the Regulatory Starting Materials Research and Development team of a worldwide leading pharmaceutical company based in Moreton (Wirral). Gala received her Chemistry degree at the University of Salamanca (Spain) with specialization in Analytical Chemistry. After that, she gained a Master in Chromatographic Techniques from the Institut Universitari de Ciència i Tecnologia in Barcelona (Spain). Gala then moved into industry as a member of the Research and Development Analytical Team in UQUIFA, a manufacturer of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and intermediates for the pharmaceutical and animal health industries globally. Later on, Gala relocated to Manchester, where she worked for 3 years as an Analytical Chemist in an independent provider of contract analytical services to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.


Elena Garcia Martin

Elena Garcia

Elena Garcia-Martin is a biogeochemical oceanographer working as a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia. Her research focuses on the marine carbon cycle, studying the respiratory production of carbon dioxide by planktonic organisms (microscopic algae, animals and bacteria). She is passionate about the sea, which drove her to undertake a Marine Science Degree.
Then, she completed her PhD in Marine Ecology at the University of Vigo (Spain), thanks to a FPU Fellowship from the Spanish Government. In 2014, she moved to UK and she has been working on different projects at the University of East Anglia studying the remineralization of organic matter and its impact on the carbon cycle. Her work involves laboratory experiments and research cruises from the Arctic to the Antarctic Oceans. Currently, she is co-PI and Co-researcher in two projects funded by the National Environment Research Council.


Lorena Santamaría

Lorena Santamaría

Lorena is a research associated in CUBRIC (Cardiff University) in neuroscience within Prof. Penny Lewis’ group. She received her Engineering degree at Cantabria University (Spain). After that, she gradually moved to bioengineering applications, first working as researcher at Marques de Valdecilla University Hopsital (Spain) and through her PhD in brain computer interfaces. After her PhD at Warwick University (UK) she joined Psychology Department at Cambridge University for a post-doctoral position before moving to Cardiff. Her interests are on machine learning and its neuroscience applications. 


José M. Bermúdez Menéndez

José M. Bermúdez

José holds an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering (2008), an MSc degree in Process and Environmental Engineering (2010) and a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering (2013) from University of Oviedo, Spain.

He worked for more than 5 years in the National Institute of Coal (Spain) in the development of microwave-assisted processes in the field of energy, focusing on pyrolysis, gasification and syngas/H2 production. Then, he joined the Chemical Engineering Department of Imperial College London in 2014, where he worked on the thermochemical stability of mixed ionic-electronic conductors for oxygen transport membranes and the development of thermochemical processes, including supercritical water upgrading or catalytic hydrocracking of heavy oils and biomass.

He moved from Academia to join the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy of the UK Government in 2017. He is now working in the Energy Engineering Team of the Directorate for Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy. He provides scientific advice and technical support for the development and implementation of energy policies dealing with bioenergy, hydrogen and shale gas. In addition, he holds an Honorary Research Fellow position at Imperial College London since 2018.

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Marta Vallejo

Marta Vallejo

Dr Marta Vallejo leads the Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning team at ClearSky Medical Diagnostics, where she focuses on the diagnosis and understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular, Parkinson’s Disease. She has a PhD degree in Machine Learning and an MSc in artificial intelligence from Heriot-Watt University and four years of postdoctoral experience in the area of healthcare and rehabilitation. Her research interests include the application of deep learning and evolutionary algorithms for healthcare. 

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Natalia Mallo

Natalia Mallo

After graduate in Biology at the University of A Coruña (Spain) Natalia started a MSc in Biotechnology Engineering at the university of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). In 2015 she obtained her PhD in the same university funded by a FPI Fellowship. In 2016 she moved to UK to start a Postodoc in the Wellcome Center for Integrative Parasitology at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) to study the mitochondria in the human and animal pathogen Toxoplasma gondii with the aim of identifying parasite-specific targets to develop therapeutics against Apicomplexa diseases, like malaria or toxoplasmosis. During all those years she had the chance of work in different private and public laboratories and she was recently awarded with a prize for transfer technology project from the Galician Royal Academy of Science. Recently, she moved back to Spain to continue working as a postdoctoral researcher at CETGA.

She has always been interested in science dissemination. She has participated in several public engagement activities related with science since she was at school like “The Science in the Street Day”, organised by the scientific museums of A Coruña. Later on she had the chance to work there as Museum guide with a fellowship. During her Biology studies she actively took part as well in a radio program related with science and her involvement in public engagement activities has been maintained until the present.

She joined SRUK in 2016. She is also a member of the European Biochemistry Society and the non-governmental organization Society of Galician Natural History.

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Jesús García Ovejero

Jesús García

Position: PostdoctoralResearch Asociate
University: King’s College London
Field: Biophysics

I obtained my degree in Physics in from the University Complutense of Madrid and a master in Nanotechnology from University Autonomous of Madrid. In 2014 I was award with a FPI fellowship of MINECO to develop a PhD in the Institute of Applied Magnetism. My thesis versed on the synthesis of hybrid magneto-plasmonic nanoparticles for detection (photoacoustic imaging) and treatment (hyperthermia) of tumour cells. Recently, I have been contracted as Research Associate by the King’s College London. My current research is focused on the regulation of actine-miosine molecular motors in cardiac muscle fibers using Synchrotron radiation.

Along my scientific career I have been investigating in international institutions such as Washington University, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology or King Abdulah University (Saudí Arabia), among others.


Rebeca Díaz Vázquez

Rebeca Díaz

Rebeca is a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews studying genes involved in brain development and language. She graduated in Biology at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre of Human Genetics in Oxford within the Transgenics core and the Cardiovascular Medicine department. For her PhD at the University of St Andrews she worked on the development of cellular models to investigate the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders.