Diana Álvarez Muñoz
Research group: Water, Environmental and Food Chemistry (ENFOCHEM)
Employing entity: Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC)
Professional category: Young Researcher
Start date: 01/01/2017
Dedication regime: Full time
Performed tasks: Main researcher of the XENOMETABOLOMIC project
Dr. Alvarez obtained a bachelor in Marine Sciences at Cadiz University (UCA) in 2002. She presented her Ph.D. Thesis in 2008. It was recognized as European doctorate and it was entitled: “Interaction between synthetic surfactants and marine organisms: uptake and elimination kinetics, bioconcentration, biotransformation and oxidative stress processes”. She obtained the highest mark and was awarded with the best student award in Marine Sciences Ph.D. After her Ph.D. she had a contract at UCA like assistant professor in Environmental Chemistry until she was granted with a Torres Quevedo grant. Later on she obtained a research fellow at Sussex University working with Dr. Hill in the European project “Determination of pertinent indicators for Environmental monitoring: a strategy for Europe” where she worked with Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and their Toxicity Identification and Evaluation. Her post-doctoral experience in England had a total duration of 2 years and 7 months divided in two periods: one between Oct 2009-Oct 2011, and the other one between Jan-July 2013. Between Oct 2011 and Oct 2012 she got one-year research contract at UCA but due to the strong recession and the lack of funds she couldn’t continue working there and she went back to England.
In August 2013 she joined the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) in the research group of Dr. Barceló. She was working there 3 years and 4 moths. She was actively involved in the research and management of two European projects: “Priority environmental contaminants in seafood: safety assessment, impact and public perception (ECsafeSEAFOOD)”, and “Sea-on-a-chip: real time monitoring of sea contaminants by an autonomous lab-on-a-chip biosensor”. In January 2017 She moved to the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) in Barcelona where she is managing the “Xenometabolomic” project as main researcher.
In total she has collaborated in 18 projects, 3 of them funded by the European Union. She has supervised 5 bachelor thesis, 1 Master thesis, and she is currently co-supervisor of 1 PhD student. She has given lectures on Environmental chemistry in Environmental Science and Marine Science degrees and Masters at Cadiz University, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and at a summer school for PhD students.
She has 28 scientific publications. She has published in very prestigious journals like Environ. Sci. Tech., Environ. Int. and J. Chrom. A. (top 10 of her knowledge area). She is currently editing an Elsevier book in collaboration with Dr. M. Farré entitled: “Environmental metabolomics: Application of diverse analytical techniques in field and laboratory studies to understand from exposome to metabolome”. She is also usual reviewer of Sci. Tot. Environ., Mar. Poll., Elsevier books, and member of the evaluation committee for proposals of the French National Research Agency and Spanish State Agency of Research. She holds the Spanish accreditation for handling of experimental animals with scientific purposes and several accreditations from the Spanish Ministry of Education.