Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC)

University of Santiago de Compostela

The University of Santiago de Compostela - USC is a public university located in the city of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. It is one of the world's oldest universities in continuous operation. Today, in terms of human resources, the university has more than 2,000 professors involved in study and research, over 42,000 students, and more than 1,000 people working in administration and services. Moreover, in 2009, the University received the accreditation of Campus of International Excellence by the Ministry of Education (Spain), recognising USC as one of the most prestigious universities in Spain. The university ranks 5th in Spain's best universities ranking by Complutense University of Madrid and IAIF and 4th amongst public universities.

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Colexio de San Xerome Praza do Obradoiro
15782 Santiago de Compostela
Spain

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Prof. Dr María José Alonso
Principal investigator

María José Alonso is full professor of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). Her lab has pioneered numerous discoveries in the field of Nanopharmaceutical Technology and nanomedicine. She has coordinated several research consortia financed by the WHO, the Gates Foundation and the European Commission. Currently, she is involved in 5 EU Projects and she is coordinating the TRANS-INT EU consortium. She is the author of over 230 scientific contributions with more than 11,500 cites (H factor 65) and the inventor of 18 patent families. Because of the quality of her papers she has been among the TOP TEN in Pharmacology (Times Higher Education international ranking). She is currently the Secretary of the Controlled Release Society. She also serves on the editorial board of the 10 journals. In 2006-10, she was the Vice-rector of Research and Innovation of the USC. She has advised the Ministry of Sciences and Innovation in the elaboration of the Law of Sciences, technology and Innovation, 2011 and, she has been part of the advisory council of the Ministry of Health in Spain. She is also a member of three Academies in Spain and the US National Academy of Medicine.

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Dr Eleni Samaridou
Deputy principal investigator

Eleni Samaridou (PhD) has joined Prof. Alonso´s group (USC) as a postdoctoral researcher in 2016. During her career, she has participated in two different large-scale collaborative research projects within the 7th European Framework Program for Research and Technological Development (ALEXANDER, TRANS-INT) and has worked in collaboration with well-known pharmaceutical companies (Sanofi, Novo Nordisk, Boehringer-Ingelheim). Her research has been focused on the development of nanocarriers for different routes of administration of biopharmaceutics such as oral, ocular and nose-to-brain. Furthermore, she has broad experience in the synthesis and characterization of functionalized polymeric as well as lipid based nanoparticles and nanocomplexes for drug delivery applications.

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Dr Mireia Agirre
 

Mireia Agirre (PhD) has recently joined Prof. Alonso`s group (USC) as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research has been focused on the development of non-viral vectors for gene delivery applications, and her work is reflected in several publications in international journals. She has participated in several national projects as a member of the Biomedical Research Networking Center: Bioengineering, biomaterials and nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) and collaborated with Spanish Pharmaceutical companies.