Sara H Mejias

Short Biography

I graduated summa cum laude from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), where I received my PhD in Biophysics in 2016. My international PhD and postdoctoral research experiences equipped me with expertise in protein design, spectroscopy, and photoredox catalysis. These skills are uniquely positioned to perform novel research in the development of tailored bio-hybrid assemblies for light energy conversion, which is my current area of focus.

I have experience in biotechnology, performed novel research in nanotechnology, material science, and physical chemistry. I jave experience in in each step of my career. I have presented my work at European and U.S. conferences and have participated actively in outreach activities. My outstanding international and interdisciplinary research experience has equipped me with a unique set of skills to develop the research.

Academic positions

12/2021 - Now IMDEA Nanoscience, Spain (Talento grant fellow)

07/2019 - 07/2021 Uppsala University, Sweden. Researcher (Carl tryggers foundation fellow).

11/2018 - 05/2019 CICBiomaGUNE, Spain. Postdoctoral researcher.

01/2018 - 07/2018 Groningen University, The Netherlands. Postdoctoral researcher.


2016 PhD in Biophysics (November 25, 2016)

Faculty of Science / Dep. of Condensed Matter Physics. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

Dr. Aitziber L. Cortajarena

2012 Master in Biophysics

Faculty of Science / Dep. of Condensed Matter Physics. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

Teaching experience

2020 - 2021 Lectures at master's level in photochemistry. Uppsala University, Sweden.

2020 - 2021 Lectures and project supervision at bachelor´s level in physical chemistry.

2020 - 2021 Lab practicums in photochemistry at master´s level. University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Organization of scientic meetings

2021 Organizer of department seminars at Uppsala University. Department of Chemistry-Ångström Laboratory. Uppsala

University, Sweden.

Membership of scientific societies

2014 - Member of the Spanish Real Society of Chemistry (RSEQ)

2013 - Member of Spanish Biophysics Society (SBE)

2013 - Member of the Federation of European Biochemical Society (FEBS)

Invited presentations at internationally established conferences

* Selected from a total of 18 conferences

2020 Oral presentation at Women in photonics. Leibniz, Institute of Photonic Technology. On line.

2019 Oral presentation at Bienal de la Real Sociedad de Química Española. San Sebastian, Spain.

2017 Poster at Photochemistry Gordon conference. Lewiston, USA.

2018 Oral presentation at 5th International Iberian Biophysics Congress. Porto, Portugal.

Presentations to non-academic audience

I have been active in science dissemination to society and attracting new generations to research. Some selected science outreach activities from all I have participated in are:

- Scifest. Most important scientific outreach activity in Uppsala. 2020 (in Uppsala) and 2021 (on line).

- The International Day of Women and Girls in Science. CIC Biomagune. Spain, 2019

- Scientists work. “IES Juan Antonio Zunzunegui B.H.I.” high school. Spain, 2016.

- Expanding the lab concepts to high school students. “Saturnino de la Peña” high school. Spain, 2016.