We believe diversity is the key to science development, and we work to keep up with this belief in our research team.
Dr. Sara Hernández Mejías.
Sara obtained her BSc in Physics in 2011 from Basque Country University (UPV, Spain) and her MSc in biophysics in 2012 from the Madrid Autonomous University (UAM, Spain). She joined the group of Prof. Cortajarena to pursue her PhD in the development of nanostructured photo- and electro-active materials based on encoded protein self-assembly of engineered proteins. She finished the PhD in 2016. From 2016 to 2022, she performed her postdoctoral studies at international laboratories in the Netherlands, Sweden, and Spain, supported by fellowships like the Carl Tryggers Foundation research grant (Sweden) or Programa de Atracción de Talento (Spain). During her postdoctoral research she focused on studying photoinduced processes in synthetic photosystems using pump-probe spectroscopy. In 2022, she launched her independent career at IMDEA Nanoscience research institute (Spain), awarded with La Caixa Junior Leader grant, and established a bio-engineered nanophotonic research group.
Claudia Flórez Echavarría
Gonzalo Pérez Serrano
Upasana obtained her BSc degree in physics in 2018 at the Physics at Cotton University (India) and her MSc degree in Physics in 2021 at the University of Delhi (India). In 2017, she was awarded the Summer Research Fellowship to work at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (Bangalore, India) in spectral analysis optimization for the classification of Carbon Stars. In 2018, she joined the CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (New Delhi), awarded the Indian Academy of Sciences fellowship to work on the design of compact blue lasers. She joined our group in February 2023 to do her PhD in spin transition studies on engineered bio-hybrids. She is an enthusiastic and quick learner. She loves traveling, exploring new places, and trying local cuisines.
Position. PhD student
Position. PhD student
Enrique enrolled at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, Spain) in 2020, where he is currently studying for a BSc degree in Chemistry. He started as a BSc student in October 2023 to do his Bachelor´s thesis. His project aims to understand the stiffness of linear proteins to use them as a template for supramolecular photosystem development. He brings to the group his chemical background to perform multi-functionalization of proteins, combining different orthogonal reactivities and studying protein dynamics by using FRET. He enjoys learning about anything, especially science and languages, which he self-teaches.
Position. BSc student
Claudia florez Echavarría (2022-2023), a master student in the group. Now a PhD in our group.
Gonzalo Pérez Serrano (2022-2023), a master student in the group. Now a PhD in our group.