People

Dr. Daniel Jaque García

Daniel Jaque obtained his “Certificate in Physics” by the Sussex University (UK) in 1995, being incorporated at that time into Prof. Peter Townsend's research group working on the optical properties of ion-implanted waveguides fabricated in nonlinear crystals. In 1996 he started his Ph.D thesis at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) within Prof. García-Sole´s group. In 1999 he successfully defended his Ph.D Thesis entitled “The NYAB: a red, green and blue solid state laser”. Then he moved to the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) as an assistant professor. As a member of Prof. J.L. Vicent´s group, he devoted two years to studying of the properties (optical and magnetic) of nano-structured magnetic thin films as well as to analysing vortex dynamics in nano-structured superconducting thin films. In 2001 he moved back to UAM and rejoined the Laser Spectroscopy group. During the following two years he was involved in the study of novel systems showing intrinsic optical bistability based either on ferroelectric transitions or in nonlinear pump induced heating processes.

In 2006 he was awarded with the “Young Researcher Award” by the European Association for the Study of Rare Earths and Actanides. That same year he moved his research interest towards the micro/nano structuration of optical materials by ultrafast laser inscription covering not only practical aspects but also fundamental ones. Indeed, he has been a pioneer in the application of confocal fluorescence imaging techniques for the understanding of the light-matter interaction at the femtosecond time scale. The know-how acquired on confocal fluorescence imaging techniques has allowed him to face new research areas such as fluorescence imaging of living cancer cells and small animals for diagnosis and optically controlled treatments.

Prof. Dr. José García Solé

José is full professor of Applied Physics in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). His scientific carrier has been mostly dealing with the research of novel optical materials, multifunctional solid state lasers, and laser physics. During the last years his research activity has been mostly focused on fluorescence bioimaging and the study of new inorganic optical nanocrystals for biomedical applications. Prof. García-Solé has been coauthor of more than 300 peer review papers in international journals and 7 books. Among them it does stand out the book “An Introduction to the Optical Spectroscopy of Inorganic Solids” John Wiley&Sons, (2005).

Prof. Dr. María del Carmen Iglesias de la Cruz

Dr. Iglesias-de la Cruz obtained a Degree in Pharmacy at Universidad de Alcalá (UA, Madrid, Spain) in 1994. During her PhD studies, Dr. Iglesias-de la Cruz made important contributions to the field of age-related renal pathology, elucidating the role of oxidative stress and fibrotic cytokines, and proposing new therapeutic agents used nowadays in clinic. Once she completed her PhD studies in 1998, she earned a position as potdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, under the supervision of Dr Fuad N Ziyadeh, MD, at the Medicine Department, to work on diabetic nephropathy.

Once back in Spain in 2002, Dr. Iglesias-de la Cruz worked at Dr. Amparo Cano’s lab of Cancer Biology (Biomedical Research Institute, Madrid). From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Iglesias-de la Cruz collaborated with Dr. Ángeles Juarranz (Cell Biology Division, UAM) to perform basic and clinical research for Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer. It is during this period that Dr. Iglesias-de la Cruz contacted with the Physics of Materials Science Department at UAM, seeking for new forms of administration of photosensitizers administration by using nanoparticles. In 2011, Dr. Iglesias-de la Cruz become Full Professor of Physiology (School of Medicine, UAM) and focused her research activities at nanomedicine.

Prof. Dr. Francisco Sanz Rodríguez

Dr. Francisco Sanz Rodríguez obtained a Degree in Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1995. He did his Ph.D thesis at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (C.S.I.C.) in Dr. Joaquín Teixidó´s group. His research activity was focused on the charactectization of Multiple Myeloma Plasma B cell adhesion. In 2000 he successfully defended his Ph.D thesis entitled “Integrins alfa-4 activity modulation by SDF-1alfa and TGF-beta”. Then he earned a fellowship at Carmelo Bernabue´s group in the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (C.S.I.C.), to work on Endoglin, a protein involved in Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia. Dr. Sanz-Rodríguez conducted a stay in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Friedman in the Department of liver diseases at the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

In 2003 he moved to the Biology Division of UAM as an assistant professor and later, in 2008 became Full Professor in Biology. Dr. Sanz-Rodríguez collaborated with Dr. Ángeles Juarranz (Cell Biology Division, UAM) to perform basic and clinical research for photodynamic therapy of cancer. It is during this period that Dr. San-Rodriguez came into contact with the Physics of Materials Department at UAM, looking for new forms of administration of photosensitizers by using nanoparticles. Since 2010, Dr. Francisco Sanz-Rodríguez has focused his research activities in nanomedicine, providing the necessary medical, clinical and physiological point of view to research with fluorescent nanoparticles.

Prof. Dr. Nuria Fernández

Nuria Fernández obtained a Degree in Veterinary Medicine at Complutense University of Madrid in 1989. She was graduated student at Prof. G. Diéguez's group, at the Department of Physiology (UAM). She qualified as a researcher in different cardiovascular pathophysiology models. In 1993 she successfully defended her PhD Thesis in Physiology using two experimental models in goats that allowed her to study the role of nitric oxide in the regulation of cerebral circulation.

Since 1999 Dr. Fernández becomes Full Professor of Physiology (UAM) and focuses her research activities in the study of cardiovascular pathophysiology in situations such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cancer, inflammation or ischemia-reperfusion in different vascular beds. Since february 2012, Dr. Fernández is member of UAM Ethics Committee as expert in the field of animal experimentation, laboratory animal science and animal welfare.

Prof. Dr. Luis Monge

Dr. L. Monge obtained his M.D. degree at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, UAM, Spain in 1981. During his PhD, Dr. Monge focused his research in the study of the extrapancreatic effects of sulfonylureas and other antidiabetic agents. Once he completed his PhD studies in 1985, he earned Fellowship to perform a postdoctoral stay in the laboratory of Dr. E. Van Obberghen at the School of Medicine of the University of Nice (France). During this postdoctoral stay he focused on the identification and properties of galanin receptor in brain and pancreatic beta cells.

In 1987 he moved to the Department of Physiology at School of Medicine of UAM as Assistant Professor, where he joined the research group of Dr. G. Diéguez on cardiovascular physiology. In 1992 he became a Full Professor in Physiology. During this period at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Dr. Monge has made several important contributions to the field of endothelial function in different vascular beds, specifically on the effects of hypothermia in cutaneous circulation, and the mechanisms and effects of ischemia on cerebral and coronary circulation, both in vivo and in vitro.

Recently, Dr. Luis Monge has joined to the Fluorescent Imaging Group and focused his research activities in nanomedicine, providing the necessary medical, clinical and physiological point of view to research with fluorescent nanoparticles.

Dr. David Bravo


Dr. Luis Monje


Dr. Miriam Granado

Dr. Miriam Granado attained the degree in Pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2001. Afterwards she carried out her PhD studies in the Department of Physiology of the Faculty of Medicine under the supervision of Drs. Villanúa and López-Calderon in the same University. During this period her investigation was focused on dilucidating the mechanisms involved in body weight, muscle mass and adipose tissue loss induced by inflammatory conditions such as sepsis and arthritis. In 2007 she presented her PhD dissertation. In 2008 she obtained a post-doctoral fellowship to work in the Endocrinology Department of the Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús under the supervision of Drs. Chowen and Argente. During this period Miriam collaborated in two different lines of research, one of them directed to investigate the protective effects of ghrelin and growth hormone secretagogues in the central and metabolic alterations induced by type-I diabetes and the other one directed to study the effects of postnatal leptin levels on the maduration and differentiation of central and peripheral systems and its possible influence on the development of metabolic disorders in adulthood.

In 2010 Dr. Granado became Assistant Professor of Physiology in the Department of Physiology of the Faculty of Medicine in the UAM, where she researches in the field of cardiovascular alterations induced by aging and obesity.

Dr. Patricia Haro González

Patricia Haro González (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain) obtained her Ph.D. in Physics in May 2011 from the Universidad de La Laguna (Spain). In 2013, she joined the group as Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral researcher. In 2018 she became Assistant professor in Physics of Materials Science Department.

Currently, her research topics are centered in optical trapping of nanoparticles and their biological application as biosensors.

Dr. Emma Martín Rodríguez

Emma Martín Rodríguez joined the group as Marie Curie postdoctoral researcher. Her fields of study are spectroscopy and luminescent materials, especially those based on rare-earth ions. She is currently working on the development of luminescent nanoparticles for biomedical applications, with special emphasis on the detection and treatment of cancer. Among other interests she likes writing and participates in scientific communication activities.

Dr. Dirk Ortgies

Dirk Ortgies was born in Aurich (Germany) and studied organic and medicinal chemistry at the University of Leipzig. During his Bachelor's and Master's he was involved in the synthesis of inhibitors for the Hedgehog signaling pathway, mitosis and angiogenesis. He recently obtained his PhD from Concordia University in Montreal where he worked on the development of palladium-catalyzed desulfinative coupling reactions. In our group he is working on the synthesis and biofuncionalization of luminescent nanoparticles.

Dr. Erving Ximendes

Erving Ximendes (Alagoas, Brazil) obtained his Ph.D. in Physics in December 2018 from Universidade Federal de Alagoas (Brazil) and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). His thesis was focused on the use of core/shell luminescent nanoparticles in biomedicine. As a result, he has gained experience with spectroscopy, nanotechnology, fluorescence imaging, thermometry and heating. Currently, he is working on the development of the "NanoTBTech - Nanoparticles-based 2DThermal Bioimaging technologies" project, which includes FIG, corresponding to the FET-OPEN program of the European Commission.

Dr. Riccardo Marin

Riccardo joined FIG as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action fellow to work on near-infrared emitting materials for biomedical applications. He pursued an Italian-Canadian joint PhD at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice in collaboration with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) under the guidance of Prof. Patrizia Canton and Prof. Fiorenzo Vetrone, attaining his PhD in 2017. During his first postdoctoral stay, in the University of Ottawa, he worked on lanthanide-based nanoparticles and complexes featuring opto-magnetic properties. His research interests focus on the synthesis and characterization of optically active nanomaterials, their amalgamation in composite systems and the study of their interaction.

Dr. Antonio Benayas

Antonio Benayas defended his PhD Thesis in Physics, entitled "Study of the RE3+:YAG system by fluorescence imaging: micro-structured devices and thermal load" at UAM in October 2012, under the mentoring of Prof. Daniel Jaque. He then took a postdoctoral position in Prof. F. Vetrone’s group at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Great Montreal - Canada). His work, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research during most of his term, focused on developing near infrared luminescent nanoprobes for bioimaging and nanothermometry. Between April 2017 and Dec. 2019, he undertook a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, leading a joint research project between the Stanford School of Medicine (USA) -where he was appointed Visiting Researcher at the Molecular Imaging Program within Prof J. Rao lab-, and the Aveiro Institute of Materials (Portugal), working together with Prof. L. Carlos. His research activity shifted to the development of antennas aiming to boost the absorption of near infrared nanoparticles, also conducting studies on the influence of core/shell architectures on the quantum yield of such nanoparticles.

Antonio joined FIG in April 2020 as the Principal Investigator of the "New photoactivated nanomaterials for biomedical applications" research project, supported by the regional government of Madrid, becoming a researcher under the "Talent Attraction" program. He is also member of the Nanobiology group at "Ramón y Cajal" Institute for Health Research (IRYCIS). His scientific interests include near infrared nanoparticles, biomedical applications of light-triggered processes, fundamentals and applications of luminescence thermometry, and photoacoustic imaging. He is the leading editor of the book "Near Infrared-Emitting Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications" (Springer, 1st ed 2020) www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030320355.

PhD Students

José Lifante

José obtained a bachelor's degree in Biology and a master's degree in Biotechnology at the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, Spain. Then he moved to Genova to work as an external researcher at the laboratory of neuroimmunobiology, department of neuroscience, University of Genova. The aim of his project was to investigate possible changes in neuroglia activation states through pharmaceutical modulation in the mice model of Multiple Sclerosis experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Straightforward he achieved a PhD position at the Pharmacology and Physiology Department of the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. The main goal of the project is to develop a protocol to efficiently deliver fluorescence nanoparticles to the brain, and to understand if this could be an effective tool able to monitor subtle temperatures changes in the context of central nervous system diseases such as Alzeimer and glioblastoma.

Yingli Shen

She received the Bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Shandong University of Technology, China, in 2015. Then she started her Master thesis in Materials Science at Shaanxi Normal University. During the Master period, her research was focused on the enhancement for upconversion luminescence of rare-earth fluoride and its biological applications. Her Ph.D study on 2D thermal bioimaging technologies by using luminescent nanoparticles at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid is supported by the China Scholarship Council.

Tamara Muñoz Ortiz

Tamara obtained the Bachelor degree in Physics by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2018. After that, she started a Master degree in Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology and Photonics in the UAM. During two years she studied nanoparticles as contrast agents for cardiovascular imaging with FIG for his Bachelor and Master Final Projects. At the time, she is continuing her studies about nanoparticles for biomedical imaging

Gabriel López Peña

Gabriel obtained the Bachelor degree in Physics by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2017. After that, he started a Master degree in Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology and Photonics in the UAM. During two years he studied persistent luminescence materials with FIG for his Bachelor and Master Final Projects. At the time, he is working with different kind of luminescent materials for their use on bioimage.

Elisa Ortiz Rivero

Elisa obtained a Bachelor degree in Physics by the University of La Laguna (Spain) in 2017. Then she studied a Master Degree in Advanced Materials, Nanotechnology and Photonics at Autonomous University of Madrid. At that time she joined FIG for her Master Project about micro-rotors and heaters in optical trapping. She is currently working on optical tweezers focusing on the rotation of microparticles.

Dasheng Lu

He obtained the Bachelor degree at the Jiangxi University of Science and Technology in 2011. Then, he started his Master thesis in Materials Physics and Chemistry within Prof. Yidong Huang’s group. His work was mainly about improving the emission intensity of rare-earth doped luminescent materials. Currently, his work at FIG is centered in optical trapping of luminescent particles.

Jingke Yao

He received the Bachelor degree in Materials Chemistry from Langfang Normal University, China, in 2014. Then he started his Master thesis in Chemical Engineering at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. During the master period, his research was focused on the application of near-infrared conjugated polymers for photothermal therapy. His Ph.D study on the functionalization of upconversion nanoparticles as nanosensors for hypoxia at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid is supported by the China Scholarship Council.

Master and Undergraduate Students. Course 2019-2020

  • Franzette Paz Buclatin (Master student)
  • Ana de Castro (Master student)
  • Eulalia Martínez (Master student)
  • Paula Melero (Undergrad. student)
  • Ismael de Pedro Embid (Undergrad. student)