Lezcano, Mª Ángeles

Dr. Mª Ángeles Lezcano Vega





Toxic cyanobacteria from freshwater systems. Molecular methods for their biological control

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



PhD in Microbiology at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) (2017), European Master in Inland Water Quality Assessment at UAM and University of Mälardalen (Sweden) (2011) and degree in Environmental Sciences at UAM (2009). She developed her PhD thesis at IMDEA Water Institute on monitoring massive cyanobacterial blooms in water bodies and biodegradation of microcystins (a type of toxins produced by these microorganisms). After her thesis, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA) for 4 and a half years, first with a FSE-YEI contract and then with a Juan de la Cierva Formación contract. Her postdoctoral research was focused on the study of the microbial ecology of extreme environments (hot and cold deserts, geothermal environments, and salt lakes), on the paleobiological reconstruction of ancient samples through information extracted from DNA, proteins and lipids, and on the recovery of biological information after exposing environmental samples to simulations of Mars environmental conditions. In 2022 she joined IMDEA Water Institute to work on the research line that addresses the problem of massive cyanobacterial blooms in water masses.

Her research activity is reflected in more than 15 scientific papers, more than 15 participations in national and international congresses, an international patent (PCT/ES2016/070026), as well as in outreach activities through workshops and articles. In addition, she has participated in teaching activities at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

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