Borja Ibarra received his PhD. in Molecular Biology from Universidad Autónoma Madrid in 2001. He made the ‘leap’ to molecular biophysics as a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Carlos Bustamante lab at UC Berkeley. Back in Spain in 2007, he applied single molecule manipulation methods as optical tweezers at the CNB-CSIC (Madrid) to study biological molecular motors at single molecule level. He joined the Nanobiosystems department at IMDEA Nanoscience in 2010, where he started the Molecular Motors Nanomanipulation Lab.
Sara De Lorenzo
Lab manager / Specialized Technician
Sara de Lorenzo graduated in physics by the University Autónoma of Madrid. In 2005 she joined Dr. Felix Ritort Lab at University of Barcelona where she worked as the laboratory technician while completing her Master Degree. In collaboration with the ‘Mini-tweezers inventor’, Dr. Steven B. Smith, she developed a new optical tweezers instrument with an advanced temperature control system. In November of 2013 Sara joined IMDEA Nanoscience as a lab manager for Dr. Ibarra and Dr. Arias-González laboratories.
IMDEA Staff / Researcher
Rebeca Bocanegra graduated in Biochemistry by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 2011. During her Ph.D. she studied intermolecular interactions in viral assembly and viral assembly inhibition using the mature HIV capsid as a model system. As a postdoc, she worked in the National Center of Biotechnology to study the relation between protein structure, macromolecular interactions and physiological function of protein complexes. In March 2018, Rebeca joined our lab as a staff scientist.
B.S Universidad Complutense Madrid, Physics, 2013. M.S. Universidad Autónoma Madrid, Molecular Biophysics, 2014. Fernando is working with the mitochondrial DNA replication system. In particular, he is studying the coordinated activity of polymerase and SSB during lagging strand synthesis. He has been also actively involved in the design of our new, fancy system to measure the mechanical strength of H-bonds. He is about to present his Ph.D. work, we are gonna miss him….
B.S. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Chemistry. M.S. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Chemistry. M.S. Universidad Autonoma Madrid, Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modeling.
Former lab members
Jose A. Morin
Former Lab Member
Currently at BIOTEC: TU Dresden Ph.D. Universidad Autónoma Madrid (Spain), Single Molecule Biophysics, 2013. M.S. in Biophisycs at Madrid’s Autonoma University (Spain), 2010. B.S. in Physiscs at Havana University (Cuba), (2006).
Former Lab Member
Assistant Professor at University of Jiroft (Iran) March, 2013. In June 2013 I joined Dr. Borja Ibarra lab as a visiting researcher to work on the synthesis of novel nanomachines and their investigation at single molecule level with optical tweezers.