Miren López de Alda Villaizán
Research group: Water, Environmental and Food Chemistry (ENFOCHEM)
Miren López de Alda Villaizán is PhD in Pharmacy by the University of Santiago de Compostela and currently works in Barcelona (Spain) as Scientific Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) that is part of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). Previous to this, she worked for three years as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland, USA. Her main field of expertise is the environmental analysis of emerging contaminants (estrogens, endocrine disrupting compounds, illicit drugs, cytostatics, polar pesticides…), field where she has contributed many novel analytical methods and data in relation to their occurrence, risks for the environment and human health, and ways to eliminate them. Miren López de Alda has participated in 19 national and 22 international I+D projects financed in public calls, being principal investigator (PI) or co-PI in 8 and 7 of them, respectively, and in 37 contracts with companies and/or administrations (22 as IP or co-IP). She has published 205 SCI papers (Hirsch-index 68, > 13.000 citations, 59 citations per article on average) and 30 book chapters, and has presented more than 300 contributions in national and international conferences. She is included in the list of the most relevant Spanish female researchers, where she occupies the first position within the category of environmental sciences (with a Fh of 1.15). Since 2002 she has participated as expert in numerous European (Marie Curie, STREP, EURAMET, twinning, IMI) and Spanish Committees (ANEP, AENOR, AGAUR, etc.) and has been member of various scientific and organizing committees of international conferences. She is also member of various national and international societies (SECYTA, SEEM, SEE), nets (ESAR-NET, The Water Network, NORMAN Network), and scientific journal editorial boards (Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry, World Journal of Methodology, Aperito Journal of Aquatic and Marine Ecosystems, International Journal of Pharma Sciences and Scientific Research (IJPSR), Journal of Applied Sciences, Methods & Protocols, Water). She has supervised 9 doctoral Thesis plus various DEA, TFG, and Masters. Her investigations on emerging contaminants (especially those related to the study of estrogenic compounds and drugs of abuse) have appeared in numerous occasions in the public media (press, radio, TV). Internet entries for “miren lopez de alda” related to her work have reached around 95.000. Since 2014, she leads the consolidated research group “Water and Soil Quality Unit” (“2014 SGR 418” and “2017 SGR 01404”) which is integrated by 27 members (14 of them doctors) bound through either permanent or temporal contracts to IDAEA-CSIC, plus a variable number of graduate, MsC and PhD students. Mid-to-long term scientific–technical interests and objectives of her research agenda focus on the study of currently used pesticides, anti-cancer agents, drugs of abuse, and other anthropogenic contaminants, such as those included in the Watch List of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), and their transformation products, as environmental contaminants (including their occurrence, significance for the environment and human health, and ways to eliminate them), and on sewage-based epidemiology, water reuse and management, and contamination of the atmosphere, oceans and polar regions as transversal areas of study and application.