Begoña Espiña

Group Leader 
Water Quality

Begoña Espiña is, since October 2016, the Leader of the Water Quality Research Group within the Department of Life Sciences at INL. Dr. Espiña focuses her research on developing portable and remote biosensors and devices based on nanomaterials for the selective capture of water chemical contaminants as well as developing methods for nanomaterials’ fate, bioaccumulation and toxicity with special emphasis in implementing the safety-by-design concept.

Begoña Espiña holds both Bachelor (2003) and PhD (2009) degrees in Biology by the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), Spain. During her PhD she focused on the study of biotoxins’ toxicity as well as in the development of biologically-based sensitive and accurate detection methods for them. Afterwards, she was granted with an Isabel Barreto contract and spent two years (2009-2011) in the Department of Pharmacology of USC as a researcher involved in the technical development and management tasks for two trans-national projects from the Atlantic Area Operational Programme: Advanced Tests about New Toxins Appeared in the Atlantic Area (ATLANTOX) and Knowledge Transfer Network for Prevention of Mental Diseases and Cancer in the Atlantic Area (PHARMATLANTIC). Begoña became a postdoctoral researcher at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory in September of 2011.

Selected Publications

  • Begoña Espiña, Marta Prado, Stephanie S. Vial, Verónica C. Martins, José Rivas, Paulo P. Freitas.
    New techniques in environment monitoring.
    Chapter 2. In: Climate change and marine and freshwater toxins. First edition. Editor: M Carmen Louzao, Natalia Vilariño and Luis M. Botana. Publisher: DeGruyter 2015 pag: 35-98
  • Begoña Espiña, Verónica C. Martins, Manuel Bañobre-López, Paulo P. Freitas, José Rivas.
    Nanotechnology applications in aquatic toxins.
    Chapter 18. In: Seafood and Freshwater Toxins: Pharmacology, physiology and detection. Third edition. Editor: Luis M. Botana. Publisher: CRC (Taylor & Francis group) 2014 pag: 521-549