Dirección CAB

Group of molecular biomarkers for in situ planetary exploration.

PhD in Biological Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, focused on molecular and environmental microbiology. Currently is a Research Professor at the Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB, CSIC-INTA). Expertise in the analysis of gene expression (RNA and proteins) in Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, pioneer in transcriptomic and metatranscriptomic studies in extremely acidic environments, metaproteomics in extreme environments, and in exploring the microbial diversity, biomarkers, and metabolisms in shallow and deep subsurface. He leads the CAB group of Biomolecules in Planetary Exploration investigating the presence and preservation of biomolecules in environments of astrobiological interest, developing bioafinity-based sensors (LDChip or Life Detector Chip) and their implementation in instruments for the search for life in planetary exploration (SOLID, Signs Of Life Detector). Author/co-author of more than 100 articles in high-impact international journals. Principal investigator of multiple national and European projects, collaborator in several NASA ASTEP and CSA projects. Direction and/or participation in multiple field campaigns to extreme environments Rio Tinto, Atacama, Antártida, Ártico, Los Andes. Co-inventor of 12 patent methods. Associate editor of Astrobiology journal, and member of NASA’s Astrobiology program NFOLD Research Coordination Network.

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ORCID: 0000-0003-3738-0724

Web: https://auditore.cab.inta-csic.es/solid/team/

KeywordsAstrobiology, Molecular and Environmental Microbiology, Biomarkers, Biosensors, Instrumentation, Planetary Exploration.