People

Current Group Members
 

 
Prof. Dr.  José García Solé

José was awarded by his Ph.D thesis (1983) at the Faculty of Science, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), where is presently full professor of Applied Physics. Former Vice Dean at this Faculty (1999-2000) and director of the Materials Science Department (2002-2005), he obtained an invited professor position at the University of Lyon (France) (1993) and was awarded by a full Professor position (Cátedra “Elena Aizen de Moshinsky”) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1994). Recently, he has been also awarded with a special recognition by University of Sonora (Hermosillo, México) (November, 2012).

 His scientific carrier has been mostly dealing with the research of novel optical materials, multifunctional solid state lasers and laser physics. Professor García Solé founded the former research group of “Laser Spectroscopy of Solids” at the Department of Materials Science (UAM) and is associate editor of the journal “Optical Materials” He has chaired the “16th International Conference on Dynamical Processes in Excited States of Solids” hold by June 2007 at La Granja, Segovia (Spain), among a number of other international conferences. During the last years his research activity has been mostly focused to fluorescence bioimaging and to study new inorganic optical nanocrystals for biomedical applications. He is been coauthor of almost 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). 


Dr. Daniel Jaque García

Daniel Jaque was awarded his “Certificate in Physics” by the Sussex University (UK) in 1995, being incorporated at that time into Prof. Peter Townsend's research group. He started then his research activity working on the optical properties of ion-implanted waveguides fabricated in nonlinear crystals. As a consequence of his activity at Sussex University, in 1996 he published his first research paper. 

In 1996 he started his Ph.D thesis at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) within Prof. José García Sole´s group. During his three-year Ph.D his research activity was focused on the development of nonlinear solid state lasers covering the different stages of the process: fluorescence and non linear characterization, cavity design and laser gain experiments. In 1999 he successfully defended his Ph.D Thesis entitled “The NYAB: a red, green and blue solid state laser”, which was awarded the “Special doctoral prize” given by UAM. 

At the end of 1999 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, small animals and fluids. 

From 2008 till 2009 he acted as a Topical Editor of Optics Express; and in 2009 he was elected as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of UAM. Also in 2009 he was an invited visiting professor in Heriot Watt University (UK) and in Swinburne University of Technology (Australia). From 2013 till 2016 he was Excellence Visiting Professor at the University of Alagoas (Brazil). 

During his entire research career Daniel Jaque has published more than 340 international papers in peer reviewed journals with more than 8500 citations and a h index of 45 (Google Scholar). Finally, it should be mentioned that he is co-author of the teaching book entitled “An introduction to the optical spectroscopy of solids” with more than 1000 books sold. 

 



Dr. María del Carmen Iglesias de la Cruz

Dr. M. Carmen Iglesias-de la Cruz obtained a Degree in Pharmacy at Universidad de Alcalá (UA, Madrid, Spain) in 1994, being the XVth Class Valedictorian, and holds a PhD in Human Physiology (School of Medicine, UA, 1998). During her PhD, Dr. Iglesias-de la Cruz made several 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, she earned a highly competitive Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science to perform a 2 years postdoctoral stay at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, under the supervision of Dr Fuad N Ziyadeh, MD, from the Medicine Department, to work on diabetic nephropathy. These results were published in several prestigious journal (PNAS, Am J Pathol, BBRC, etc.) accumulating more than 700 citations. For the third year of postdoctoral stay, Dr Iglesias-de la Cruz was directly hired by UPenn and Dr. Ziyadeh, and her resulting groundbreaking work became the foundation of a funded Grant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her work during this period was vastly productive, publishing 11 high impact original research articles and a book chapter. 

Once back in Spain in 2002, Dr. Iglesias-de la Cruz accepted a research position 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, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid -UAM-) to perform basic and clinical research for Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer. In collaboration with several drug companies of technology transfer, she published 5 original research papers (one as main author), and presented 7 contributions to International Congresses, as well as participated in several “from bench to bed” translational research projects. 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 becomes Full Professor of Physiology (School of Medicine, UAM) and focuses her research activities at Nanomedicine, providing the necessary medical, clinical and physiological point of view to research with fluorescent nanoparticles. Our future scope embraces nanothermometry in vitro and in vivo, specific biological functionalization of nanoparticles to seek for different pathologic markers in vivo, etc. 

With 34 papers published and almost 1600 citations, Dr. Iglesias-de la Cruz’s H Index is 15.

   


 
Dr. Francisco Sanz Rodríguez

Dr. Francisco Sanz Rodríguez obtained a Degree in Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, Madrid, Spain) in 1995. In the same year he started his Ph.D thesis at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CIB, C.S.I.C.) in Dr. Joaquín Teixidó´s group. During his five-year Ph.D 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”. During his PhD, Dr. Sanz-Rodríguez made several important contributions to the field of adhesion molecules in Multiple Myeloma. Once he completed his PhD studies, he earned a highly competitive fellowship from the Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid to perform a 2 years postdoctoral stay at Carmelo Bernabue´s group in the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CIB, C.S.I.C.), to work on Endoglin, a protein involved in Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT).

During these years, Dr. Sanz-Rodríguez made several important contributions to the field of HHT pathology, developing a new cell model for the in vitro study of HHT (BOEC), and proposed new therapeutic agents used nowadays in clinic. These results were published in several prestigious journals (BLOOD, Molecular Pharmacology, Biochemical Journal, Human Molecular Genetics, etc.). For the second year of his postdoctoral period, 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. This collaboration, based on the study of the involvement of the KLF6 transcription factor on the endoglin function, obtained results which were published in Blood and Biochemical Journal.

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. In collaboration with several drug companies for technology transfer; he published 10 original research papers. 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. Our future scope embraces nanothermometry in vitro and in vivo, specific biological functionalization of nanoparticles to seek for different pathologic markers in vivo, etc.

With 46 papers published and almost 1200 citations, Dr. Sanz-Rodríguez’s H Index is 17.

   


Dr. Nuria Fernández

Nuria Fernández obtained a Degree in Veterinary Medicine at Complutense University of Madrid in 1989 and in January 1991 got a predoctoral grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science in the group of Prof. G. Diéguez, Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). During the four years of the scholarship, actively participated and was trained 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.

In 1996 she obtained her first project as principal investigator in a call to award four young researchers from the Regional Community of Madrid.

Since 1999 Dr. Fernández is Full Professor of Physiology (School of Medicine, 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. To that end, she has performed her studies in several experimental models both in vivo and in vitro.

With 85 international publications, Dr. Fernández has participated in 30 research projects financed by public funds and in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies.

She has served as Vice Chancellor for Research at UAM (february 2012 to march 2015), Director of the Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, UAM (June 2008 - February 22, 2012) and Secretary of the same department (October 2001-June 2008). 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.


   




Dr. Luis Monge

Dr. L. Monge obtained his M.D. degree at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, UAM, Spain in 1981, and a PhD in 1985. 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, he earned a competitive Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science to perform a postdoctoral stay in the laboratory of Dr. E. Van Obberghen (INSERM U-145, Hormones Polypeptidiques et Physiopathologie Endocrinienne) in the School of Medicine (Pasteur) 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 the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 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, and he was also Chair of the Physiology Department from 2001 to 2008.

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. These results were published in several prestigious journals (British J. Pharmacol, European J. Pharmacol, Cardiovascular Research, J. Vascular Research, etc.). 

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. Our future scope embraces nanothermometry in vitro and in vivo and specific biological functionalization of nanoparticles to seek for different pathologic markers in vivo, etc.

With 108 papers published and more than 1000 citations, Dr. Monge’s h Index is 19.


  



Dr. Miriam Granado

Dr. Miriam Granado attained a First Class Bsc (Hons) 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. Several publications were derived from her thesis work with the most relevant study describing the anti-inflammatory effects of growth hormone secretagogues in experimental arthritis. In 2006 she did a stay in The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University in the lab of Drs. Burniston and Goldspink where she learnt some useful techniques to study the mechanisms involved in arthritis-induced muscle loss. In 2007 she presented her PhD dissertation, with the mention of European PhD, which was awarded with the prize for the best doctoral thesis for fundamental sciences. In 2008 she obtained a post-doctoral fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Sciences (Juan de la Cierva Program) 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 accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Physiology in the Department of Physiology of the Faculty of Medicine in the Autonoma University of Madrid where she runs Physiology lectures and researches in the field of cardiovascular alterations induced by aging and obesity.



Dr. Patricia Haro González

Patricia Haro González (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Sepain, 1981) obtained her Ph. D. in Physics in May 2011 from the Universidad de La Laguna (Spain) with a thesis entitled "Obtention and characterization of SBN nanocrystals for optical applications". Years 2011 and 2012 her research work was split into three different universities (Università di Verona, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad de la Laguna), as she worked on a project entitled "Submicron-sized spheres for temperature sensing". 

In 2013, she was awarded a grand from Fundación Dr. Manuel Morales to carry out a project consisting on the study of nanoparticles for biomedical applications in Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). 

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


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. Paloma Rodríguez Sevilla

Before obtaining a Bachelor‘s degree in Physics from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, in 2012, she started collaborating with Dr. Daniel Jaque in confocal microscopy research. She obtained a Masters degree in Biophysics from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in 2014. She carried out his doctoral thesis in the Fluorescent Imaging Group focusing on optical trapping of upconverting particles.

 

 
Hu Jie, Ph.D Student

Hu Jie was born in China. He received the Bachelor degree in Materials Chemistry from Huainan Normal University, Anhui, China, in 2012. Then he started his Master thesis in Materials Physics and Chemistry at Fuzhou University and Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter within Prof. Yidong Huang’s group. During three years study, his research activity was focused on the development of luminescent materials for white light emitting diodes. In October 2015, he began his Ph.D study at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), which was supported by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). He is currently working on the synthesis, characterization and biomedical applications of nanoparticles.

 

 
Lucía Labrador Páez, Ph.D Student

Lucía obtained her Degree in Physics from the Universidad de La Laguna (Spain) in 2014. Then she began to work with the Fluorescence Imaging Group in order to do the final project of her Master Degree in Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, specializing in Photonics, by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is currently working on spectroscopic properties of nanoparticles.

Master and Undergrad Students:
  • María Melguizo Álvarez (Undergraduate Student)
  • Miriam Gaisar Seco (Undergraduate Student)