Cristina Postigo Rebollo
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.
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: 01/09/2018 – End Date: 30/08/2021
Innovative tools to enable drinking water protection in rural and urban environments
Start Date: 01/06/2017 – End Date: 30/09/2020
Development of analytical methodologies for determination of pesticides in water and soils and their application in the evaluation of new environmental bioremediation processes.