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Beatriz Prieto

Beatriz Prieto

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Engineering Sciences

Beatriz obtained her PhD in Chemistry in 2005 from the UAB, conducting part of her doctoral research at the publicly run AgResearch (New Zealand) and at the University of Ioannina (Greece). She conducted postdoctoral research on biosensors for mycotoxins at the University of Perpignan (UPVD) (2005–07). Her research involved short stays at LISE (CNRS), University Marie et Pierre Curie, and at the International Center of Biodynamics (Romania). In 2007, she started a 15-month Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowship at the Tokyo University of Technology. Then, she returned to the UPVD prior to starting a Juan de la Cierva fellowship at IBEC. In 2012, she joined the University of South Australia as Research Associate, where one year later won a Senior Research Fellowship. After four years, she joined Monash University as Senior Research Fellow. In 2018 she moved to the URV as Ramón y Cajal Fellow.

Research interests

Her research aims to deliver versatile nanoarchitectures as building blocks of bespoke diagnostics, by harnessing high-precision porous silicon fabrication methods, and advances in engineering surface functionalities. Their assembly in hierarchical structures, with tuneable surface chemistry, and displayed bioreceptors, is strongly intertwined with the material’s functions. Her interest lies in gathering new knowledge on the relationship between nanoarchitecture/displayed functionalities and function, to design sensors underpinning personalised clinical management of infections. The next generation of diagnostics is expected to meet the needs for host-immune response assessment, pathogen-associated and antibiotic resistance biomarkers detection, and monitoring of antibiotic levels. The potential of these tools to guide antibiotics choice is foreseen as a key driver toward effective treatment, protecting patients from antibiotics adverse effects, and dwindling antibiotic resistance.

Selected publications

– Dervisevic, M; Alba, M; Yan, L; Senel, M; Gengenbach, TR.; Prieto-Simón, B; Voelcker, NH. 2021, ‘Transdermal Electrochemical Monitoring of Glucose via High-Density Silicon Microneedle Array Patch‘, Advanced Functional Materials, 2009850.

– Perez-Rafols, C; Guo, K; Alba, M; Toh, RJ; Serrano, N; Voelcker, NH.; Prieto-Simón, B. 2021, ‘Carbon-stabilized porous silicon as novel voltammetric sensor platforms‘, Electrochimica Acta, 377, 138077.

– Dervisevic, M; Alba, M; Adams, TE; Prieto-Simón, B; Voelcker, NH. 2021, ‘Electrochemical immunosensor for breast cancer biomarker detection using high-density silicon microneedle array‘, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, 192, 113496.

– Kerr, E; Farr, R; Doeven, EH; Nai, YH; Alexander, R; Guijt, R; Prieto-Simón, B; Francis, PS; Dearnley, M; Hayne, DJ; Henderson, LC; Voelcker, NH. 2021, “Amplification-free electrochemiluminescence molecular beacon-based microRNA sensing using a mobile phone for detection“, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 330, 129261

– Shiohara, A; Prieto-Simón, B; Voelcker, NH. 2021, “Nanoporous polymeric membranes: fabrication techniques and biomedical applications“, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 9, 9.

Selected research activities

– Coordinator of Era-Net ICRAD (International Coordination of Research on infectious Animal Diseases) project

– Invited speaker at the Chemistry Seminar Series, Maynooth University (Ireland), and the Chemical Engineering Departmental Seminar Series, University College London (UK)

– Co-director of the PhD thesis defended by Muamer Dervisevic: Microarray-based sensors for epidermal and transdermal diagnostics. Monash University (Australia)

– Member of one international (France) and two national (UB, UPV) PhD thesis examination committees

– Expert reviewer / rapporteur for the Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding

– Research contract with technology company Arquimea on developing wearable sensors

– Editorial board member of Biosensors

ICREA Memoir 2021