Ayala, Lesly

Lesly Ayala Cabana

Predoctoral researcher


Nat4Health: Nat4Health: Antibiotics, hormones, persistent and mobile organic contaminants and pathogens, the complex mixture in agriculture and livestock scenario. Risk to health or natural attenuation?

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IMDEA Water. Avenida Punto Com, 2. Parque Científico Tecnológico de la Universidad de Alcalá. Alcalá de Henares. 28805 MADRID



She graduated in Chemistry from the University Complutense of Madrid (2018). She got her master’s degree in Ecosystem Restoration from the same university (2019).

Her master’s thesis aimed to study the decontamination by an adsorption process of river waters contaminated with heavy metals (As, Zn) using biogenic iron compounds. She successfully completed her research, winning the IV Contest for the Best Environmental Master’s Thesis organized by INUAMA. During this period, she was also an intern at the “Soil and Water Quality in the Environment” research group at IMDEA Water.

Moreover, she completed an Erasmus+ internship at the “Chemical Oceanography” research group at Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel (Germany).

Lesly joined the “Soil and Water Quality in the Environment” research group in February 2022. Her contract is financed through the agreement between the Community of Madrid (Regional Board of Education, Universities, Science and Spokesperson´s Office) and the IMDEA Water Foundation for the direct granting of a grant of 1,135,000.00 euros to finance the performance of actions in the field of research on SARS-COV2 and the COVID-19 disease financed with REACT-EU resources from the European Regional Development Fund.