Franco, Daniel

Daniel Franco López

Research assistant



Joining Date:



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


He´s graduated in Biology at University of Alcalá (2019). In his last year Daniel was the beneficiary of an Erasmus+ grant where he was able to carry out his final year studies at the University of Aveiro in Portugal. There, he could collaborate with the research group of Biogeochemical Processes & Pollutants, being able to carry out his Bachelor’s thesis about the effects of polystyrene nanoparticles on the regenerative ability of the polychaete Hediste diversicolor.

After that, he decided to study the Master in Ecology at the Autonomous University of Madrid (2022). During this time he had the opportunity to collaborate with the Environment and Agronomy research group of the Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA-CSIC), carrying out his Master’s thesis in the ecotoxicology laboratory about the joint effects of zinc oxide nanoparticles and pesticides in fish cell lines. At the same time he was able to participate with the Ecology group of the University of Alcalá in a study about the effect of lixiviates from leaf litter of native and invasive species on aquatic gastropods.

Since September 2022 he is working at IMDEA Agua as a research assistant in the Ecotoxicology and microbiological contamination group. His contract is funded by the European Union – Next Generation EU, through the “Investigo Program”, in the framework of the European Union’s Recovery and Resilience Mechanism.