Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas.

The CSIC (Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) is the Spain’s largest public research institution, and ranks third among Europe’s largest research organization. CSIC is listed the 3th research organization in Europe by number of projects, with a total FP7 and H2020 contributions of over 264 and 181 million euros, respectively. CSIC has 123 Institutes spread across the country and covering at least eight different areas of Science and Technology.

The IC is the newest, best-equipped and fully dedicated Spanish Research Institute in the field of catalysis, collaborating with industries and facilitating the transfer of technology. IC aims at developing new catalytic technologies to improve citizens’ quality of life and foster the chemical industry efficiency, 80% of which processes use catalysis in at least one step. IC is singular in gathering under the same roof inorganic and biological catalysis expertise, with multidisciplinary collaboration combining enzymology, materials science and inorganic catalysts for common objectives in energy, environment or fine chemistry areas. IC develops, and has all necessary techniques for, basic (computational chemistry, novel catalysts and bio-catalysts design, experimental study of structures and kinetics with advanced techniques) and applied (optimized catalyst synthesis and catalytic performance evaluation in many processes) research. IC belongs to the European Cluster on Catalysis (ECC).

The IPCR has 85-years history in carrying out excellence research in fundamental and applied physical chemistry, with a multidisciplinary approach focused on the resolution of the present challenges of our society in the fields of health, biotechnology, new materials, and environment. It has a total staff of 115 members, from which 32 are scientists, included in four Departments.

Prof. Manuel Ferrer

since 2005 head of the Systems Biotechnology.

His work mostly devoted to bio-prospect, discover, characterise, engineer, and apply new versatile enzymes for a new bio-economy growth; he also devoted extensive effort in generating and integrating multi-omics datasets using bioinformatics to understand complex microbial communities in multiple environmental and health contexts and exploit them in biotechnology and medicine.

Dr. Julia Sanz-Aparicio

research is focussed in the interpretation of biological phenomena in terms of structural studies at the molecular level, to use this knowledge for biotechnological and biomedical applications.

She is a member of the Commission of Biological Macromolecules (CBM) within the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr).

Isabel Cea Rama

has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (Spain) and a Master Degree of Science in Molecular Science (Germany). For the last four years she was working in crystallography and structural biology, field in which she is currently developing her PhD research. More specifically, she is working with promiscuous ester hydrolases.

Dr. Cristina Coscolín

has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master degree in Biotechnology. She first started her scientific career in the Biological Research Centre (CSIC) developing biocatalysts for biofuel production and bioremediation. Then she obtained a PhD fellowship and moved to the Institute of Catalysis (CSIC) where she performed her doctoral thesis in the INMARE project context, finding marine biocatalyst interesting for biotechnological purposes.

Laura Fernández López

has a Grade in Biochemistry and a Master Degree in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology. For the last 5 years she worked in proteomics, genomics and enzyme immobilization, design, isolation and characterization. More specifically, her PhD research is focused on the development and study of Plurizymes under the supervision of Prof. Manuel Ferrer.

David Almendral Nieto


has a degree in Biology from the University of Alcalá de Henares. He worked in the Biological Research Centre (CSIC) studying plant viruses and in the Biotechnolgy National Center (CSIC) in antibody development against HIV. In recent years he has been working in the Institute of Catalysis (CSIC) on purification and characterization of proteins such as peroxidases and esterases.

Dr. Patricia Molina Espeja

has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master Degree in Microbiology. For the last ten 10 years she worked in directed evolution of enzymes, field in which she developed her PhD research and postdoctoral period. More specifically, she worked improving oxidoreductases for greener organic synthesis using Saccharomyces cerevisiae as driving force and in the frame of different European Projects.