Collaborations

Our laboratory has interactions with other groups in the IBB and with other national and international groups. We are also involved in graduate and undergraduate training by tutoring laboratory practices from Biology, Nanotechnology and Nanosciences or Environmental sciences.

 

IBB collaborations:

 

 

 

In collaboration with colleagues from the IBB-MRB (Dr. Daura and Dr. Gibert) we have developed an infection model in zebrafish for S. maltophilia to assess the in vivo differences in terms of virulence, between different hospital isolates (Ferrer et al., 2013). We are also investigating and developing other infection models (e.g Pseudomonas aeruginosa) with the final aim to test the efficiency of the nanoliposome formulations.

 

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Along with Dr. Villaverde (IBB) and Dr. Puntes (ICN) we have organised an international workshop funded by B-Debate (La Caixa) that will be held in Barcelona (October 2013) on Nanotechnologies and human and animal health as a main topic (Nanotechnologies in Health: Current challenges and future prospects, https://www.bdebate.org/en). In addition, also with Dr. Villaverde we organised the II International Workshop on Nanomedicine-UAB-CEI (https://www.uab.es/cei/workshop-nanomedicine2013/) that will be held in UAB.

 

 

National collaborations:

 

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In collaboration with colleagues placed in the ICN (Dr. Maspoch, Institut Català de Nanotecnologia) we have tested the toxicology in vivo of different manufactured nanocomposites that are of special interest since they can be used as delivery agents, as a contrast agents for imaging or as a gas capture systems (Manuscript in preparation).In our zebrafish facilities we are able to produce zebrafish embryos to test nanoparticle toxicity and teratogenicity in vivo, and compare the in vivo toxicity with that obtained in vitro with a zebrafish hepatocyte cell line (ZFL cell line). We have a well-established pipeline of toxicology screening that can be used also for nanomaterials, drug or antibiotic testing.

 

 

 

 

In order to develop a nanosensor able to detect the LPS endotoxin we are collaborating with Dr. Arben Merkoçi's group (Nanobioelectronic and biosensors)

 

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We also have a estable collaboration with the director of the AQUALAB fish facility Prof. Lluis Tort.

 

 

International collaborations:

 

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The group also has a stable collaboration with Dr. Mackenzie (Stirling, UK) mainly regarding the commercialization of our developed nanoparticle delivery system for fish disease prevention. We also have a continuous flow of PhD student exchange having an open door to send and receive PhD students or postdocs from the Institute of Aquaculture (Stirling, UK).

 

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Other ongoing collaborations with groups from France (Dr. Escrivà, Oceanographic Institute, Banyuls-sur-mer) allow us the exchange of technology and knowledge,and create a framework for international collaborative projects.

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