University of Oviedo (UniOvi)

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
Isaac Newton

Montserrat Rivas

Montserrat Rivas currently works at the Department of Physics, University of Oviedo. She has a degree and a PhD in Physics and during her studies she carried out research in Laboratoire de Magnetisme et Optique (CNRS) de Bellevue (Paris) and Laboratoire Louis Néel (CNRS) de Grenoble (France).

Nowadays, she does research in magnetic materials with an especial focus on bio-applications of magnetic nanoparticles and bio-sensing. She leads a multidisciplinary group specialized in magnetic bio-detection for point-of-care use.

Montserrat is currently the Chief Open Access Editor of the IEEE Magnetics Society, and Lead Editor of its special section in IEEE Access journal. In 2020, she was appointed Chair of the Spanish Club of Magnetism for a two-years term.

Mª del Carmen Blanco

María Carmen Blanco López is Associate Professor at the Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, at the University of Oviedo. She got her PhD at the University of Leeds (UK, 1997). She has worked at materials characterization at the Ceramic Institute (ICV/CSIC) at Madrid, and the Carbon Institute (INCAR/CSIC) at Oviedo. She has designed biomimetic receptors based on molecularly imprinted polymers, and she has developed electrochemical sensors for the detection of biomarkers, pharmaceuticals and pollutants. Her current research involves in-vitro rapid tests based on lateral flow immunoassays, and the development of amplification strategies based on nanomaterials. These include the use of metallic and magnetic nanoparticles, and nanovesicles (liposomes, niosomes). These materials could be applied to drug release, antibiofilm and extracellular vesicles biomimetic systems.

She has developed biosensors for biomarkers (pheumolysine, PSA, troponine), exosomes, and allergenics (histamine) by coupling lateral flow immunoassays to optical, electrochemical and magnetic readers.

She coordinates the H2020-MSC Innovative Training Network  “Break Biofilms”, and co-directs the project “Superparamagnetic nanoparticle-based biosensor for non-invasive early diagnosis of colorectal cancer”.

Jesús Ángel Blanco

Jesus Ángel Blanco received his B.S. and Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Cantabria, Spain, in 1987 and 1992, respectively. He is currently professor of Condensed Matter Physics, Solid State Division, in the Department of Physics at the University Oviedo (Asturias), Spain. He spent his early career in the Louis Néel Laboratory (Grenoble), France. He has been a visiting researcher at several laboratories LURE, ORNL, Birbeck College and ISIS-RAL. At the beginning, he worked on commensurate and incommensurate magnetic systems, focusing broadly on the determination of magnetic structures and magnetic excitations.

Presently he is heading the Advanced Functional Nanomaterials’ group, and he is involved in a number of research projects devoted to investigate nanomaterials and caloric materials. He is a long-term user of large scientific (neutron scattering and synchrotron radiation) facilities since 1987. He has co-authored more than 230 papers, 210 articles in international scientific journals that are gathered in JCR (H=25 with more than 2500 citations-ISI; H=27, I10= 88 around 3000 citations-GoogleScholar), several chapters of books and numerous communications and papers presented at national and international conferences on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. He has supervised 9 thesis (and 1 more thesis is on-going) and 5 undergraduate theses. He has been a member of the scientific committee of the Laue Langevin Institute; member of the National Commission of Neutron Users; founder and secretary of the Spanish Magnetism Club, external evaluator ANECA, ANEP, NSF, French Agency, Argentina and German project evaluation, external evaluator of EU within the M-ERA-net program and has participated as a member of the evaluation panel of Spanish proposals in the ILL and Spline in the ESRF. He has also been a member of the international assessment panels at the ILL, Leon Brillouin, ESRF, NIST, and APS. He has been a member of the Spanish Society of Neutron Techniques, and coordinator of the technical scientific services of the University of Oviedo (2014-2017) and coordinator of the PhD Program “Fundamental and Applied Physics” at the University of Oviedo (2012-2017). He has delivered more than 5000 h. of teaching at the University of Oviedo.

Pedro Gorria

José Carlos Martínez-García

José Carlos Martínez-García currently works at the Department of Physics, University of Oviedo, as Associate Professor. He received his BSc in Physics (1988) from the University of Valencia (Spain) and his PhD (2012) from the University of Oviedo (Spain). Nowadays, his research areas are magnetic materials and computational modelling, focused specially on FORC analysis of soft magnetic materials (based on First Order Reversal Curves measurements), and on bio-sensing by means of magnetic nanoparticles. He belongs to a multidisciplinary research group devoted to magnetic lateral flow immunoassays for point-of-care bioanalysis, and to NanoBioAp, a spanish cluster of excellence designed to bring together different research teams devoted to nanomaterials (both organic and inorganic) to develop bio-technological applications.

Felipe Lombó

Felipe Lombó is Doctor in Biology from the University of Oviedo (1998) and Professor at this university since 2008. He has done his research activity mainly in the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany), University of Oviedo and Stanford University (USA), with shorter stays in Georg-August Universität Göttingen (Germany), Analyticon AG (Germany), University of São Paulo (Brazil) and The University of Tokyo (Japan). It develops on the one hand research projects related to ultrafast methods of detection of pathogens in food, water and animal samples or with clinical origin. However, the main research line is focused on the development of new anti-tumors (bacterial or plant origin), antibiotics (to prevent infection by biofilms) and nutraceuticals (flavonoids, stilbenes, etc.) in bacterial (Streptomyces) factories, improved by genetic and metabolic engineering, and scalable for industrial production of the compound of interest. This includes metagenomic studies in digestive microbiota samples, to study possible changes in it associated with intake of diverse functional foods and its relation to the prevention of colon carcinoma. He coordinates BIONUC (Biotechnology of Nutraceuticals and Bioactive Compoudns) research group at the University of Oviedo.

Gemma Gutiérrez

Gemma Gutiérrez finished Chemical engineering at the University Rovira i Virgili on year 2003. She has start working at the University of Oviedo under the supervision of Prof. José Coca and Mª del Carmen Pazos on year 2005. She has done her phD on Chemical engineering at the University of Oviedo on year 2011. The work done in her thesis was focused on the preparation, study of cycle life and treatment of waste oil in water emulsions from metalworking industries using several techniques such as coagulation, flocculation, centrifugation, ultrafiltration and vacuum evaporation. During the phD she has done four short stays in several European Research Centers and Universities, such as, YKI Institute from Stockholm, University of Lund, University of Leeds and University ETH from Zurich.

In year 2007 she started her research on membrane emulsification technique using metallic and ceramic membranes with the main propose of obtained an oil in water emulsion with controlled drop size. In year 2009, a new research line focused on the encapsulation of biocompounds in several colloidal systems. The systems used were high internal phase emulsions, double emulsions and colloidal vesicles.On year 2011 start her postdoctoral position on the University of Oviedo, working in several research projects and contracts. In year 2013, a collaboration with the Nanobionalysis Group of Department of Analytical chemistry from the University of Oviedo with the main purpose of produce vesicles encapsulating different types of organic molecules to be used a novel biomarker. In year 2014 she started to be Assistant Professor from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering of the University of Oviedo. During all these research years Gemma Gutiérrez research has been produced more than 30 research articles, 3 book chapters and the participation on more than 35 international conferences with a H index of 13 and more than 200 citations. She has supervised one doctoral thesis and two more that are undergo.

María Matos

María Matos started her experience as researcher in Chemical Engineering in 2007 at the Group of Emulsions and Interfacial Phenomena at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (University of Oviedo, Spain) supervised by Profs. José Coca Prados and Carmen Pazos. During 2007-2008 she did the PhD courses related to the Process and Environmental Engineering program. She was recipient of a FPI pre-doctoral fellowship supported by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN, Spain). On 29th November 2013 she defended her PhD Thesis with international Doctorate mention with the maximum spanish grade and Extraordinary Doctorate Award in the Engineering and Arquitecture area entitled Production of emulsions with controlled droplet size containing bioactive compounds using membranes. During her period as PhD student she has also attended, as eligible granted participant, several international Marie Curie EC-funded training courses at a few research centers overseas, related to the Advance Membrane Technologies area. In year 2009, she started to participate in a research line focused on the Formulation and preparation of emulsions and niosomes containing biocompounds with functional applications in the food industry. In year 2013, started a collaboration with Prof. Carmen Blanco from Department of Analytical chemistry of the University of Oviedo with the main purpose of produce Synthetic exosomes for clinical diagnostics development and formed the group Emulsions, nanovesicles and Bioanalysys. In 2018, the group Nanobiomem was funded together with Prof. Montserrat Rivas and more researchers from the Department of Physics and the Analitical and Physical Chemistry with the main objective of synthesis of nanoparticles/nanovesicles for the early and non-invasive diagnosis of colorectal cancer and also to break bad biofilms.

During 2011-2018 she performed several research stays at the Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition at Lund University (LU) in Sweden under the supervision of Prof. Marilyn Rayner working in the area of particle stabilized (Pickering) emulsions and their applications. She got her own postdoc research projects through the Crafoord Foundation (Stockholm) and Vinnova –The Swedish Innovation Agency. Nowdays she is deputy supervisor of a PhD student there keeping the collaboration active together with Assistant Prof. Gemma Gutiérrez. She has also cooperated in more than 10 research and industrial Projects in collaboration with companies (Laboratorios HIPRA S.A., ILAS, S.A., Nanovex Biotechnologies, S.L., Arcelor Mittal, Fuchs Lubricantes, Química del Nalón, Sia Copper, Wehrle Medioambiente, etc.), being from 2015 main researcher in most of them. In 2014 she got a position as Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at University of Oviedo and combines teaching and research.

During all these research years she has published 28 research articles, 1 book chapter and more than 33 international conferences proceedings with an h-index of 10 and 281 citations. She has supervised one doctoral thesis and supervises two more that are undergoing.


René Rodríguez

René Rodríguez obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology in the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2002. After that he joined the Institute for Cancer Studies at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom) to work in the study of the DNA damage response in cancer cells. In 2007 he moved to Andalusian Stem Cell Bank/Center for Genomics and Oncology (Granada, Spain) where he specialized in mesenchymal stem cells and sarcoma research. Since 2012, he has a scientist position at the Health Research Institute of Asturias (ISPA) / Central University Hospital of Asturias (HUCA) (Oviedo, Spain) where he is leading projects aimed to study the relationship between stem cells and cancer in sarcomas and to find new therapeutic targets specifically directed against cancer stem cells. His group is interested in use nanoparticles to more efficiently direct cancer therapies against these drug-resistant tumor subpopulations. So far, he is author of more than 40 scientific articles and book chapters and was supervisor of 5 doctoral students.

Amanda Moyano Artime

PhD Student​
Amanda Moyano (PhDStudent)

Amanda Moyano Artime finished her Degree in Chemistry at the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2013. Then, she studied her Master in Biotechnology of Environment and Health at the University of Oviedo (Spain). Currently, she is doing her PhD studies in Chemical, Biochemical and Structural Analysis Programme at the University of Oviedo, under the supervision of Montserrat Rivas and Carmen Blanco. Her PhD is focused in the development of superparamagnetic lateral flow immunoassays to detect and quantify analytes of interest in different fields.

María Salvador Fernández

PhD Student​
María Salvador (PhDStudent)

María Salvador finished her Chemical Engineering Degree in 2013 at the University of Valladolid (Spain). Afterwards, she obtained the Master in Biotechnology of Environment and Health at the University of Oviedo (Spain). Nowadays, she is doing her PhD thesis in Material Science under the cosupervision of the Universited of Oviedo, (Spain) and Istituto di Struttura della Materia, Rome (Italy) supervised by Montserrat Rivas and José Carlos Martínez in the first institution and Davide Peddis in the second one. Her research activity is focused in the synthesis and characterisation of superparamagnetic nanoparticles in order to use them as labels in immuno-magneticassays.

Currently, she leads the MagCOVID project funded by the IEEE MagSoc Seed Funding. 

She is the web developer and community manager of the NanoBioAp Network.