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.
- Alejandro Garrido-Maestu, Zhengxin Ma, Sae-Yeol-Rim Paik, Nunsheng Chen, Sanghoon Ko, Zhaohui Tong, Kwancheol Casey Jeong
Engineering of chitosan-derived nanoparticles to enhance antimicrobial activity against foodborne pathogen Escherichia coli O157:H7.
Carbohydrate Polymers. 2018, 197: 623-630.
- Alejandro Garrido-Maestu, Sarah Azinheiro, Joana Carvalho, Pablo Fuciños, Marta Prado.
Development and evaluation of loop-mediated isothermal amplification, and Recombinase Polymerase Amplification methodologies, for the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat food samples.
Food Control. 2018, 86: 27-34.
- Alejandro Garrido-Maestu, Sarah Azinheiro, Joana Carvalho, Marta Prado
Rapid and sensitive detection of viable Listeria monocytogenes in food products by a filtration-based protocol and qPCR.
Food Microbiology. 2018 73 (2018) 254-263.
- Alejandro Garrido-Maestu, Sarah Azinheiro, Pablo Fuciños, Joana Carvalho, Marta Prado
Highly sensitive detection of gluten-containing cereals in food samples by real-time Loop-mediated isothermal AMPlification (qLAMP) and real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR).
Food Chemistry. 2018 (246) 156-163.
- Alejandro Garrido-Maestu, Sarah Azinheiro, Joana Carvalho, Sara Abalde-Cela, Enrique Carbó-Argibay, Lorena Diéguez, Marek Piotrowski, Yury V. Kolen’ko and Marta Prado
Combination of Microfluidic Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification with Gold Nanoparticles for Rapid Detection of Salmonella spp.in Food Samples.
Frontiers in Microbiology. 2017 (8).