Group Members

Irene Lostalé

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Research Associate for Biology Coordination. Irene obtained her Ph.D. in virology at the USC.  Irene works on the cell biology division of the group. She also develops new methods to characterize endosomal escape and protein function. Out of the lab Irene enjoys landscape photography and reading sci-fi books. email: irene.lostale@usc.es

Marisa Juanes

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Postdoctoral associate. Marisa obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2019 under the supervision of Javier and Prof. Juan Granja. Marisa’s research interests are focused in the evaluation of the topological control of peptides for membrane transport of nucleic acids and proteins. In her spare time Marisa likes playing the piano and  going to the cinema.

Email: marialuisa.juanes@usc.es

Postdoctoral associate. After obtaining his PhD in Supramolecular Organic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Juan Granja in 2019, Alberto joined the ERC-PoC project to assist on the tecnology transfer process. Among other hobbies, he enjoys riding his mountain bike, hiking and dystopian films and novels.

Email: alberto.fuertes@usc.es

Sandra Arias

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Xunta de Galicia PhD student.  Sandra  joined the group in 2019 for her Master in Organic Chemistry and decided to stay for her Ph.D. towards the preparation of supramolecular 2D self-assembled materials and helical penetrating molecular switches.

email: sandra_diaz_arias@hotmail.com

Rebeca Gómez

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PhD student. Rebeca obtained her MSc in Molecular and Biological Chemistry at the EPFL (Switzerland). Her research  is focused in bioconjugation and the synthesis of peptides for the assembly of fluorescent probes and therapeutics. In her spare time, Rebeca enjoys travelling, reading and playing the piano.       

Email: rebecagomez.ojea@usc.es

Patricia Lago

(P3D9) +34881815760

Lab Manager.  Patri holds a degree in Chemistry  from the University of Santiago de Compostela and she supports the group in management, economical and technical assistance duties. Patri enjoys hiking and travelling, discovering new places and practising yoga. email: p.lago@usc.es 

The group in 2019

The group in 2018

The group in 2017

The group in 2016

The group in 2015

The group in 2014

Alberto Fuertes

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Jose M. Martínez

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Xunta de Galicia PhD student. Jose obatined his undergradaute from the University of Murcia. He joined the Montenegro group for his Master's Degree in Organic Chemistry in 2020 . Afterwards, in 2021, he started his PhD studies on the synthesis and the  supramolecular assemblies of non-canonical helical peptide motifs. Jose enjoys listening to music and spending time with friends and family. email: josem.martinez@usc.es

Patricia Fulías

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F.P.I. PhD student. Since Patricia joined the group in 2019 for her B.Sc. Final Project she has been involved in the synthesis of ratiomeric fluorophores for intracellular sensing. In her spare time, she enjoys reading about social policiy, spending time with family and learning new things.

email: patricia.fulias@rai.usc.es

The group and a bit more in 2019/2020

The group and a bit more in 2021

Adrian Sánchez

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María Zambrano--> Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow.

Adrián obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 2018 from the University of Bath under the supervision of Prof. Karen Edler. After that, he moved to Lund University as a postdoc. He joined the Montenegro Grop in 2021 to work on the development of new molecular vehicles for membrane transport. Outside the lab, Adrián enjoys climbing, spending time in nature, and reading.

Email: adrian.sanchez.fdez@gmail.com

The group  in 2022

Manuel Pérez

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Ph.D. Student. Manuel holds a BSc in Biotechnology and he is enrolled in a MSc on Chemistry at the Interface with Biology and Materials Science. He joined the group in 2021 for my MSc project and in 2022 he engaged Ph.D. My research is focused on peptide-based nucleic acid delivery systems. In his spare time, Manuel enjoys spending time in nature, hiking and exploring Galician culture. manuel.perez.perez@rai.usc.es  

Lucía Méndez

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Ph.D. Student. In 2021, Lucía joined the group for her undergraduate research internship. Currently, she works on the pH-responsive assembly of peptide hydrogels for her final degree project. Out of the lab, she enjoys doing rhythmic gymnastics and hanging out with friends. lucia.mendez.gomez@rai.usc.es

Yeray Folgar-Cameán

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F.P.U. PhD student.   Yeray holds a BSc in Biology and in 2019 he joined the group thanks to an undergraduate research fellowship. His research interests are focused on the application of chemistry to face biomedical challenges, with a particular emphasis on gene and antibiotic delivery systems. Yeray spends most of his spare time expanding his entomological, mineral, and fossil collections, besides taking care of his plants and playing the piano.

email: yeray.folgar@rai.usc.es

Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow. Mayra got a B.Sc.  (2012) Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, M.Sc.  (2015) at Kyung Hee University (South Korea) and PhD (2022) from Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary) on biophysical characterisation of peptides. She joined the group in 2022 to work on new supramolecular fucntional systems. Outside the lab, Mayra enjoys travelling, reading, running, watching crime series, friends, family and pets. email: mmquemep@gmail.com

Mayra Quemé-Peña

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The group (and friends) in 2023

The group (and friends) in 2023

PhD student. Alejandro holds a BSc in chemistry and is enrolled in a MSc at CIQUS. He joined the group in 2022 for his MSc project and in 2023, he engaged his Ph.D. work focused on the construction of alpha-helical peptides to create chiral fluorogenic topologies. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. Email: alejandro.fiel@rai.usc.gal

Alejandro Fiel

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PhD student. Irene holds a BSc Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Malaga. In 2023, she became a member of our group, pursuing its MSc at CIQUS. Within our team, Irene is working in the biological charcatjerization of new molecules and in various delivery methods in living cells. Beyond her academic pursuits, Irene finds joy in nature, dancing, and playing volleyball. Email:irene.maximo@rai.usc.gal

Irene Máximo

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PhD student. Fernando holds B.Sc (2020) and M.Sc (2022) degrees in chemistry from University of Havana. His previous experience was in the synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles looking for biological applications. In 2023 he started his PhD studies on non-canonical peptide assemblies. In his spare time, he enjoys playing chess, running outside and spending time with friends and family.

Email: fernando.bordallo@usc.es

Fernando Bordallo

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Diego Rodríguez

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Researcher (Technical). Diego joined the group in 2022 for his BSc final projects, both in chemistry and biology, in the field of peptide-based delivery systems. He also carried out his MSc final project the following year, focused on the topological design of modified peptides, and decided to stay to further research new approaches in peptide delivery systems. Email:diego.rodriguez.perez@rai.usc.es

Miguel No

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Ph.D. Student. Miguel holds two BSc in Biology and Chemistry, and in 2023 he joined the group for his MSc in Organic Chemisty. He is currently investigating new mixtures of molecular ions for biological applications. Outside the lab, Miguel enjoys singing and listening to music, and spending time in nature.

Email: miguel.no@rai.usc.es.

The group in 2013

Maria Inês P. S. Leitão

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Postdoctoral associate. Maria Inês obtained her PhD in 2022 from NOVA University (Portugal). Her thesis focused on metal N-Heterocyclic carbenes based on nucleosides. After that, she moved to University of Lisbon (Portugal) as a postdoc. She joined the group in 2024 to work on new inorganic clusters as transport systems to improve cell delivery of therapeutic molecules. Outside the lab, she enjoys listening to music and podcasts, Sudoku and trying new restaurants with family and friends.

Email: mariaines.paivadasilva@usc.es