Team members

Team members

 

 

 

 


Michela Bertero, PhD
Head of International and Scientfic Affairs
 

Key responsibilities are:

•Coordinate ISA team and activities
•Support the CRG Director in strategic and institutional projects and alliances
•Develop new opportunities for funding, collaborations and training
 

Michela obtained her PhD in genetics from the University of Pavia (Italy), followed by 6-year postdoctoral experience in structural and molecular biology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada), and at the Gene Centre in Munich (Germany). Her research focused on different fields, from transcription and gene regulation to metabolism in bacteria. She was recipient of the Canadian Institute of Health Research Fellowship (CIHR) and published several peer-reviewed articles and one book chapter. She has 9+ years of professional experience in different fields of research management (strategy, funding, collaboration, training, science policy, etc.).

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Ester Montava Guill
Executive Assistant

Key responsibilities are:

•Provide support the Head of ISA
•Provide overall administrative support to ISA team members
•Provide support to projects managed by ISA (coordinated and strategic)
•Provide support to institutional activities
 

Ester holds a BSc in History of Art from the University of Barcelona. Before joining the CRG, initially as Assistant to the CEO, she worked more than 21 years in a multinational private company, having attended throughout her career complementary formation in Secretarial tasks, Sales techniques and Management as well as a Postgraduate Degree in Protocol and Events Organization from the University of Barcelona.

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Sonja Reiland, PhD
Scientific project manager

Key responsibilities are:

•Prepare and manage collaborative projects coordinated at the CRG
•Promote gender equality and open science at the CRG
•Identify and promote new funding opportunities
 

Sonja obtained her PhD in biochemistry at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and was a post-doctoral fellow for 1.5 years at the EMBL Heidelberg (Germany). Her areas of research included proteomics, plant physiology and biotechnology as well as stem cell biology. Sonja worked for BASF in Ludwigshafen (Germany) for 2 years as an Information Professional and managed a project on text mining technology implementation.

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Mary Hirsch
Scientific Documentalist

Key responsibilities are:

•Manage institutional repositories
•Analyse scientific indicators
•Provide advice to scientists on their publications
 

Mary has a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK and a Masters degree in Medical, Environmental and Scientific Communication from the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain. She moved into the non-profit sector after spending 4 years working as a Technical Analyst at an international information company. Mary’s professional experience covers database and content management, analytics, communication and editing scientific and political publications.

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Joaquim Calbó, PhD
Scientific project manager

Key responsibilities are:

•Coordinate projects management area
•Prepare and manage of collaborative projects coordinated at the CRG
•Support ISA activities (institutional, training, new funding opportunities, etc.)
 

Joaquim obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Barcelona, followed by 6-year post-doctoral experience at the NKI (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), working on molecular genetics of cancer. He moved back to Barcelona as recipient of a Marie Curie fellowship and earned experience as scientific manager at the IRB Barcelona. Joaquim complemented his education with short courses on the topics of intellectual property, quality and innovation management and leadership, and he obtained a Master Degree of Research Management at the Barcelona School of Management (IDEC-UPF). He joined the CRG in January 2013.

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Natalia Dave, PhD
Scientific project manager

Key responsibilities are:

•Prepare and manage collaborative projects coordinated at the CRG
•Identify and promote new funding opportunities
•Support ISA activities (training, new funding opportunities, etc.)
 

Natalia graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) with a PhD in biophysics. She has over 10 years of research experience in biophysics, proteomics and molecular biology, which resulted in an award from the Spanish Association against Cancer and several peer-reviewed articles. She also has several years experience in academic training at the UAB and University Pompeu Fabra. She has now gained professional experience in different fields of research management at the ISA office. Besides, she contributes to the improvement of the management workflow at the CRG. Alongside with her main career, Natalia is committed to philanthropy as a Fundraiser manager at Fundación Vencer el Cáncer (VEC).

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Ruben Ventura, PhD
Scientific project manager

Key responsibilities are:

•Prepare and manage collaborative projects coordinated at the CRG
•Identify and promote new funding opportunities
•Support ISA activities (training, new funding opportunities, etc.)
 

Ruben obtained his Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Barcelona, followed by 6-year working experience in synthetic chemistry at Eli Lilly and Company. His research focused on different fields, from organic and combinatorial chemistry to peptide synthesis and neurodegenerative diseases. He obtained a Master in Project Management and has over years of professional experience in management in different research institutes and private companies.

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Jonas Krebs, PhD
Scientific Project Manager

Key responsibilities are:

•Prepare and manage collaborative projects coordinated at the CRG
•Identify and promote new funding opportunities
•Support ISA activities (training, new funding opportunities, etc.)
 

Jonas obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Potsdam, Germany, followed by 7-year work experience in professional networking, project development and research management. He developed special expertise in European research funding, amongst other through an internship at the European Parliament and the "Certificate EU-liaison officer“ he received from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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Imma Falero
Academic Programs Coordinator

Key responsibilities are:

•Coordinate the CRG Academic Programmes (for undergraduate and PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows)
•Provide personalized support to CRG students
•Advice scientists on academic affairs
 

Imma obtained a Bachelor degree in Library and Information Sciences from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Technical translation and electronic tools from the the University Rovira and Virgili (URV). She previously studied English language and literature at the University of Barcelona (UB). Her professional experience covers management and implementation of International Undergraduate, PhD and Postdoctoral Programmes, individual and personalized guidance and support to undergraduate, Masters, PhD students and COFUND fellows, and implementation of CRG strategic collaborative academic and mobility programmes. She joined the CRG in 2006.

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Damjana Kastelic
Training Coordinator

Key responsibilities are:

•Coordinate scientific training at the CRG (internal and international Courses@CRG)
•Design innovative trainings for numerous European projects and institutional initiatives
 

Damjana obtained her PhD in Life Sciences jointly from the University of Paris XI and University of Ljubljana followed by several years of post-doctoral experience in protein engineering and biotechnology in Cambridge, UK (Babraham Institute) and Heidelberg, Germany (DKFZ). Having run a successful independent training business, trained scientists at a global consultancy for world-class science institutes and universities, Damjana has demonstrated flair & expertise in designing and delivering highly interactive learning experiences. She has a unique combination of extensive scientific training and experience, linked with expertise as a coach and personal development facilitator. In 2016, she joined the CRG to boost and coordinate scientific training.

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Anna Solé Amat
Academic and Training Officer

Key responsibilities are:

•Support activities related to the CRG Academic Programmes.
•Support the organization of international and internal courses for scientists
 

Anna obtained her Bachelor degree in Biology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. After working 3 years in London in a non-profit organization for the protection of the urban biodiversity, she moved to Uganda to work in an international research institute where she developed her organization skills, facilitated trainings and participated in the implementation of different international projects. She joined the CRG in December 2016.

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Marta Agostinho, PhD
EU-LIFE Coordinator (Collaborator hosted at ISA)

Key responsibilities are:

•Implement EU-LIFE strategy, oversee its projects and activities
•International science policy
•Create opportunities to promote excellence at scientific and research governance levels
 

Marta is a scientist turned into knowledge mediator. She is the Coordinator of EU-LIFE, an alliance of leading European research institutes in the life sciences that aims at promoting excellence and acting as a voice for research institutes in the European policy landscape. Marta has 10 years’ experience in knowledge mediation in international settings. Prior to her appointment as EU-LIFE coordinator, she was Director of  a communication, advanced training and funding unit at a research institute; project manager of a large international policy consortium from academia, governments and NGOs; and coordinator of teaching and training courses in science communication and management.

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Publications

Bentires-Alj M, Rajan A, van Harten W, van Luenen HG, Kubicek S, Andersen JB, Saarela J, Cook SJ, Van Minnebruggen G, Roman-Roman S, Maurer C, Erler JT, Bertero MG. Stimulating translational research: several European life science institutions put their heads together. Trends Mol Med. 2015 Sep;21(9):525-7. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2015.07.002. Epub 2015 Aug 5. PMID: 26254816
 
Michela Bertero, Chiara Farinelli, and Susi Poli (2012) From Academia to Management and from Management to Academia: The search for a new professional Route. NCURA Magazine, published by the National Council of University Research Administrator (USA).
 
Anne Katrin Werenskiold, Michela Bertero (2012) Communicating research to the general public – tips for improvement EARMA Link, June 2012 Special Edition, European Association of Research Managers and Administrators.
 
Cambon-Thomsen A, Thorisson GA, Mabile L, Andrieu S, Bertier G, et al; BRIF workshop group. The role of a Bioresource Research Impact Factor as an incentive to share human bioresources. Nat Genet. 2011 Jun;43(6):503-4.
 
Abrahams JP, Apweiler R, Balling R, Bertero MG, Bujnicki JM, Chayen NE, Chène P, Corthals GL, Dyl¹g T, Förster F, Heck AJ, Henderson PJ, Herwig R, Jehenson P, Kokalj SJ, Laue E, Legrain P, Martens L, Migliorini C, Musacchio A, Podobnik M, Schertler GF, Schreiber G, Sixma TK, Smit AB, Stuart D, Svergun DI, Taussig MJ."4D Biology for health and disease" workshop report. N Biotechnol. 2010 Oct 15.
 
Michela Bertero Science attracts Spain EMBO reports (2009) 10, 817 – 819.