Departamento de Edafoloxía e Química Agrícola

Facultade de Farmacia. Pavillón A - Soto. Campus Vida

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
15782 Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña)
Tel : +34 881814984


Scopus Author ID: 26534910200


My major research interests include stone cultural heritage microbiology, biofilm at the stone/air interface, bioreceptivity and the development of innovative environmental technologies aimed at managing, assessing and mitigating natural and human impacts on stone heritage in the context of global change. Much of my research involves the interactions and exchanges between biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and anthroposphere in stone cultural heritage materials.

   During my PhD studies (2007-2012) at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), I undertook extensive research on the early detection of damage based on the quantitative determination of colour of biological colonization on rocks, with special focus on granite, to obtain further knowledge about the developmental stages of subaerial biofilms (SABs). I completed three doctoral research stays at the universities of Alicante (2008 and 2009) and Milan (2010), broadening my knowledge of heritage microbiology and biofilms and optical technologies applied to cultural heritage. Studied a variety of cases mostly involving cyanobacteria, pioneering organisms on lithic substrates. The studies have greatly advanced the understanding of the role of different environmental parameters on SAB formation. My PhD thesis (cum laude with European Doctor Mention) is a compendium of eleven papers, which received the Extraordinary PhD Award (with the highest score) from the Faculty of Pharmacy, USC, and the Best PhD dissertation in Science and Technology Research Prize awarded by the County Council of Pontevedra.

   In 2012, I was accepted at Harvard University, selected as a Barrié Foundation Research Fellow and awarded a postdoctoral contract from the Xunta de Galicia. Between 2012 and 2015, I worked at Harvard University and the University of Milan as Principal Investigator (PI) on the BioRemoGraf project, aimed at developing a complete methodology for using microorganisms to remove graffiti from construction materials, and have published pioneering studies in this field. My studies remain the only ones obtaining successful results regarding the bioremoval of graffiti. For this work I received the Best Professional Career Award at the 3rd Meeting of Young Researchers Abroad (INIBIC).

   I have participated in the COST action ‘COSCH-Colour and Space in Cultural Heritage’ between 2012 and 2016. In mid-2015, I returned to the USC under a Juan de la Cierva-Incorporation contract and later a postdoctoral contract from the Xunta de Galicia. During this most recent period (2015-2018), I began research on the effect of public lighting on the biological colonization of the built heritage, working as PI on the design of new environmentally-sound public lighting to control colonization on building facades (Light4Heritage project)