Cristina Postigo Rebollo

ORCID: 0000-0002-7344-7044
Research group: Water, Environmental and Food Chemistry (ENFOCHEM)

My endeavors have been focused on the investigation of the occurrence and fate of emerging organic contaminants in the environment, and the assessment of the potential risk that these chemicals may pose to both human and ecosystem health. For this, I make use of advanced analytical techniques based on liquid chromatography or gas chromatography coupled to low/high resolution mass spectrometry detection systems, and collaborate with scientists from different disciplines, e.g., toxicologists, epidemiologists, or engineers, in order to perform multidisciplinary studies. I am currently PI of the project ENFOCAR "ENFOque innovador para la detección de sustancias Citotóxicas y reprotóxicas en Agua Regenerada" (Innovative approach to detect cytotoxic and reprotoxic substances in reclaimed water). This project is carried out at the IDAEA-CSIC within the second edition of the ComFuturo Programme (Fundación General del CSIC). ENFOCAR aims at developing an analytical tool to identify toxic substances in disinfected water.

 Cristina Postigo CV


BS in Environmental Sciences from Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), and MSc in Applied Environmental Geosciences from University of Eberhard Karls of Tübingen (Germany). Ph.D. in Sciences in the field of environmental analytical chemistry in 2011 from University of Barcelona (Spain). Her Ph.D. thesis, entitled “Analysis of illicit drugs and their metabolites in the aquatic environment and in airborne particles”, was granted with the Extraordinary Doctorate Award by the University of Barcelona.

In 2011, she was awarded with a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (IOF) which allowed her to work for two years under the supervision of Dr. Richardson and Dr. Simmons in the field of drinking water disinfection byproducts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2015, she was awarded with a post-doctoral grant within the Beatriu de Pinos program by the Government of Catalonia. This allowed her to open a new line of research on disinfection byproducts and disinfection of water at IDAEA-CSIC. Currently, she continues working on this field of research as a ComFuturo researcher.

She is author/co-author of 36 original scientific works and 8 review articles published in international scientific journals included in the ISI, and she has also collaborated in writing 16 book chapters. Her scientific research has been presented in numerous national and international scientific conferences in the field of Environmental Sciences and Environmental Chemistry.


ENFOCAR (Enfoque innovador para la detección de sustancias citotóxicas y reprotóxicas en agua regenerada y potable)

Start Date: 01/09/18

2017 SGR 01404 – Calidad de aguas y suelos

Suport als grups de recerca consolidats “2017 SGR 01404 – Calidad de aguas y suelos”

Start Date: 01/01/18


WATERPROTECT “Innovative tools enabling drinking WATER PROTECTion in rural and urban environments”

Start Date: 01/06/17


Red Española para el análisis de aguas residuales con fines epidemiológicos (ESAR-NET) (CTM2016-81935-REDT).

Start Date: 01/01/17


Development of analytical methodologies for determination of pesticides in water and soils and their application in the evaluation of new environmental bioremediation processes (BECAS) (grant number CTM2016-75587-C2-2-R).

Start Date: 30/12/16

Evaluación del potencial de formación de diversos subproductos de desinfección (DBPs) emergentes del agua de las diferentes plantas de tratamiento de ATLL CGC y en sus diversas etapas (DBP-POFOREM-I and DBP-POFOREM-II)

This project was done in the framework of two collaboration contracts stablished with ATLL CGC to investigate the formation potential of different classes of emerging (not regulated) DBPs of the waters produced at their different treatment plants and present in the distribution network. The DBP classes investigated included haloacetic acids, haloacetamides, haloacetonitriles, iodinated trihalomethanes and trihalogenated haloacetaldehydes.

Start Date: 01/09/16


IODIPRO – Iodinated disinfection byproducts under climate change derived scenarios: water scarcity and seawater intrusion

Start Date: 01/10/15

Los fármacos como contaminantes prioritarios: efectos toxicológicos, ambientales y riesgos para la salud humana (PI14/00516)

Los fármacos como contaminantes prioritarios: efectos toxicológicos, ambientales y riesgos para la salud humana (PI14/00516)

Start Date: 01/01/15


Solutions for present and future emerging pollutants in land and water resources management

Start Date: 01/10/13


Che-WADISBYPRO – Chemical evaluation of drinking water disinfection byproducts

Start Date: 16/01/12


Evaluación y predicción de los efectos del cambio global en la cantidad y la calidad del agua en ríos ibéricos (SCARCE) [CSD2009-00065]

Start Date: 17/12/09


Estudio de la presencia y destino de Contaminantes Emergentes en AGUAs subterráneas y superficiales y desarrollo de herramientas analíticas para su control medioambiental (CEMAGUA)

Start Date: 01/10/07


INNOVA-MED Innovative processes and practices for wastewater treatment and re-use in the Mediterranean region

Start Date: 01/01/07


MODELKEY Models for Assessing and Forecasting the Impact of Environmental Key Pollutants on Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Start Date: 01/02/05

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