Alejandro Garrido-Maestu

Staff Researcher 
Food Quality and Safety 

Alejandro Garrido-Maestu joined the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory in July 2015 as a Marie Curie COFUND Research Fellow.  Within this project his research was aimed to develop a fast multipathogen detection lab-on-a-chip based on DNA amplification by loop-mediated isothermal amplification combined with gold nanoparticles. He is interested in the development, and application, of molecular methods for the detection and quantification of foodborne pathogens, implementation of bacteriophages as fast detection tools, and discrimination among viable and dead microorganisms. To this end, he is working with different DNA amplification techniques such as PCR/ qPCR, LAMP, LCR or RPA.

Dr. Garrido-Maestu holds a Diploma in Biology (2006), and a Master in Methodologies and Applications in Life Sciences (2010) from the University of Vigo, where he also obtained his Ph.D. (2013). He started his postdoctoral training in the Emerging Pathogens Institute working in the synthesis and evaluation of chitosan nanoparticles for the control of E. coli O157 in cattle.

Selected Publications