José Portugal Minguela
Research group: Environmental Toxicology
José Portugal is a Senior Research Scientist (Investigador Científico) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He received his Ph.D. in Biology in 1983 (University of Barcelona, Spain). He then joined the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge (UK) for a postdoctoral period, studying drug–DNA interactions. He then came back to Spain as a Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Barcelona. In 1992, he moved to the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona (IBMB-CSIC). His research about the interactions between antitumor drugs and DNA aimed to understand the molecular and cellular bases of specific recognition, and of the mechanisms of cell death induced by chemotherapy. Since December 2016, he is at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) where he is presently interested in using cultured cells in toxicological assays and toxicogenomics. He has published over 85 peer-reviewed articles and reviews in journals.