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María Isabel Pividori is Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Catalonia, Spain. She holds a B.A. degree in Biochemistry with First Class honours from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina. She received her PhD degree in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in 2002. Her research is particularly focused on the design of in vitro diagnostic tests, biosensors and bioinstrumentation. Her research expertise is related with the improvements in terms of the biorecognition event as well as in the simplification of the biosensing procedures, the integration of nanomaterials and the enhancement of the analytical signal. Other research line is the integration of magnetic particles in magneto-actuated platforms. Regarding the application fields, she is mainly focused on affordable emerging technologies appropriate at community and primary-care level in healthcare and food safety in low resource settings. She took part in 41 grants, of which 17 as principal investigator including 4 national plan projects as PI (BIO2010-17566, BIO2013-41242, BIO2016-75751-R, PID2019-106625RB-I00), 7 technology transfer projects (including Proyectos de I+D+I de Colaboración Público-Privada 2021 CPP2021-008459 and Prueba de Concepto 2022 PDC2022-133363-100), 1 ITN network, 4 bilateral projects in the frame of international collaborations. She raised 2,065 K funding as PI. She is the PI of the proposal EChiLiBRiST HLTH-2021-DISEASE-04 (6,535 K total, coordinator Dr Quique Bassat (IsGlobal), related with “Development and validation of a quantitative point-of-care test for the measurement of severity biomarkers to improve risk stratification of fever syndromes and enhance child survival”.  She has supervised 11 doctoral dissertations in this research topic of biosensing and rapid diagnostic (5 with honors, 2 Marie Curie Fellows), and 5 in progress and 30 Master's final projects. She has also supervised 25 International visiting PhD students and secondments in the frame of international collaborations. She is author of more than 146 publication including 116 articles in indexed reputed journals of the specialty (h index 37 (Author ID: 6602612057/Researcher ID: K-9602-2015); h Google 44), N citation 2021: 353, 280 congress presentation and posters, and 36 invited conferences and presentations (6 in entrepreneurship and technology transfer). She is also inventor of 3 patents, two under exploitation.

Besides, MIP is also the cofounder of the spin-off BioEclosion, Spain. Seal of Excellence on the SME Instrument phase 1 Call H2020-SMEInst-2016-2017 Proposal # 773711. The company was awarded in 2015 Valortec first prize. She also participated in reputed Programs of technology transfer, including: Empenta (ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute and ACCIO, Generalitat de Catalunya), Tech Fair (IESE Business School), Catalonia-UC Berkeley Lean LaunchPad Course (University of California Berkeley), Llavor (AGAUR, Generalitat de Catalunya), IQS Next Tech, Fall 2017 Boston Inmersion Program (Richi Social Entrepreneurs), Merck Accelerator days 2018 (2018), among others.

Other grants and awards

  • 2011-2016. Visitor professor. Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico – CNPq. Linha 2 Bolsa Pesquisador Visitante Especial Programa Ciência sem fronteiras.
  • 2012. Tecan Award 2012.
  • 2011. Awarded with the grant “Becas Iberoamérica para Jóvenes Profesores e Investigadores de Santander Universidades”.
  • 2008. Invitation to the expert panel FAO/IAEA “Consultants Meeting on devices and systems for early and rapid detection of animal diseases, early response to emerging diseases”. Vienna, Austria
  • 2005. VIII European A-IQS Award on Enzyme Technology. AIQS.
  • 2005. 1st Prize Premio Nacional a la Excelencia 2005. IADE. Instituto Argentino.
  • 2005. “Las Mejores Ideas de 2005. Nuevo Sensor Electroquímico”. Diari medico.
  • 1997-2001. Awarded with the grant from the International Bank for Reconstruction an Development (IBRD) (World United Nations Development Group).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Ph. D., Doctorat, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Award Date: 11 Jun 2002

Degree, BioChemistry (First Class honours), Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL)

Award Date: 16 Oct 1997


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