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Ciara O'Sullivan

Ciara K. O' Sullivan is the group leader of the Nanobiotechnology and Bioanalysis Group. She is an ICREA (Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies) Research Professor who established the Nanobiotechnology and Bioanalysis Group at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Her research interests lie in the development of electrochemiluminescent biosensors exploiting advances in tailored biocomponents and integrating these sensors with microsystem technology. Presently, her work focuses on reducing to practise ultrasensitive immuno- and geno- sensors exploiting the properties of nanoparticles and liposome nanobioconjugates to enhance and amplify signal. She has published / presented over 60 papers /communications in the area of biosensors.

Email address: ciara.osullivan@urv.cat

Ioanis Katakis

Ioanis Katakis, Chemical Engineer, associate professor of Chemical Engineering at the University Rovira i Virgili works in bioelectrochemistry since 1990. He is the author of more than 40 papers in the field and co-inventor of 6 patents, two of which are exploited in the field of glucose biosensing. His research interests are in biological electron transfer, biomedicine and bioprocess engineering. Current applications of his work are related with the development of biofuel cells, intelligent implants, the development of electrochemical microreactors, electrochemical pathogen detection and electrochemical biosensors for the detection of DNA and proteins.

Email address: ioanis.katakis@urv.cat

Pablo Lozano

Pablo Lozano Sánchez was born in Ciudad Real, Spain. He undertook the first years of his Chemistry degree in the UCLM (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha) before he moved to Newcastle, UK. He obtained a BSc(hons) in Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry from University of Northumbria and then went to the School of Chemistry at the University of Reading, UK, where he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Electrochemistry under the supervision of Dr J.M.Elliott, working in the field of meso/nanopororus electrodes fabrication and characterisation, as well as in its electroanalytical applications. He was appointed Research Associate at the same university working in the correlation of nanostructured electrodes and catalytic properties with electroanalytical applications. Since 2005 he has been working at DINAMIC, being actively collaborating in the fields of biofuel cells, electrochemical immunosensors and electrochemical methods for pathogen detection.

Email address: pablo.lozano@urv.cat

Valerio Beni

Valerio Beni received his Degree in Chemistry from the Universita' degli Studi di Firenze in 1999, under the supervision of Prof. M. Mascini with a thesis entitled "DETECTION OF VIABLE MICRO-ORGANISMS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL LIQUIDS USING AN ELECTROCHEMICAL DETECTOR". In 2001 he moved to Ireland to start his Ph.D. at the National University of Ireland Cork under the supervision of Dr. D. M. W. Arrigan where he graduated in 2005 with a thesis entitled "ELECTROANALYSIS WITH SOLID ELECTRODES AND LIQUID/LIQUID INTERFACES." During his PhD work he developed a broad knowledge in electrochemical techniques at solid electrode for environmental analysis (micro and micro meter scale) and liquid/liquid interface. After his Ph.D. study he worked at the Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland as Postdoctoral Researcher until September 2007. In this period he was involved in the design and characterisation of a multi working electrodes electrochemical cell on a chip for metahallomic analysis. He is currently working as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain. His research interest is the development of electroanalytical tools, at micro and sub-micro scale, for environmental and clinical analysis.

Email address: valerio.beni@urv.cat

Viviana Duarte

Maria Viviana Duarte was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. She obtained her graduate degree in Chemistry in 1998 from the Chemical Engineering Faculty (UNL, Argentina). She worked in the same institution as lecturer and researcher assistant for two years. Then she moved to Food Industry (Cervecería y Malteria Quilmes) where she worked in the areas of Quality Control and R+D. After three years in 2003 she arrived to the Chemical Engineering Department ,URV, Tarragona, Spain to carry out postgraduate studies where she obtained her PhD degree in the area of biosensors having investigated displacement electrochemical immunosensors under the direction of Dr. Katakis and Dr. Lozano Sanchez. Since 2007 she is working at Dinamic Innovation Centre as European Project Administrator.

Email address: mariaviviana.duarte@urv.cat

Diejo Bejarano

Diego Bejarano Nosas was born in Tarragona, Spain. He obtained a BSc in Chemical Engineering from University Rovira i Virgili and then a postgraduate certificate in Environmental Engineering. He obtained an MSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in University Rovira i Virgili, working in the field of multifunctional microsystems manufacture using the screen-printing technique under the supervision of Dr. I. Katakis. Since 2002 he has been working at DINAMIC, being actively collaborating in the fields of biogas upgrading plants design, microfabrication techniques and biofuel cells.

Email address: diego.bejarano@urv.cat

Sira Durán

Sira Duran Cothenet was born in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo) in 1981. She obtained her superior grade formative course of computer science development applications in 2001. After this, she studied Technical Engineering in Computer Managements and she obtained her degree in 2005. Since 2006 she has been working as administrative support and computer technician of the Nanobiotechnology and Bioanalysis group and Dinamic Innovation Centre.

Email address: dinamic2@fundacio.urv.cat

Alex Fragoso

Alex Fragoso was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1970 but was raised in the city of Pinar del Río, land of the best tobacco in the world. He obtained his BSc (1993) and Ph.D. (1999) degrees from the University of Havana, Cuba, under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Cao working on cyclodextrin-based superoxide dismutase mimics. He was a Research Associate (2000-2002) and Assistant Professor (2003-2004) at the same university working on applications of cyclodextrins in sensing and biotechnology before joining Prof. Javier de Mendoza's group at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2004-2006) as a postdoctoral fellow. From 2006 he is a Ramon y Cajal Research Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain working in the development of novel biosensing platforms. Among other distinctions, he has received the Cuban National Award of Chemistry for Young Researchers (1999) and the Third World Academy of Sciences Prize for Young Chemists (2002).

Email address: alex.fragoso@urv.cat

Seventh Framework Programme Priority. Personal Health Systems for Monitoring and Point-of-Care Diagnostics.
Collaborative Project - Large Scale Integrating Project
Grant Agreement nş: 216031