Dr. Conxita Avila
Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Biology
University of Barcelona, Spain
Dr. Avila finished her PhD in Animal Biology in 1993. She has been awarded many fellowships (pre- and post-doctoral) at national and international level during her research career (ca. 25 years). She was also awarded a Marie Curie TMR and a Ramon y Cajal contract while at the CSIC. She is a Professor at the University of Barcelona since 2007, teaching in the Biology degree, Biotechnology degree, and several Masters (with mention of excellence). She has directed 23 students research projects, 9 master Thesis and 4 Doctoral Thesis, having currently 3 PhD Thesis in process. She has also hosted several foreign postdocs and researchers for short stays in her research group. She has carried out 34 stays abroad, including 7 Antarctic cruises (5 of them as cruise leader). Overall, she has participated in 60 projects, grants and contracts with industries and institutions (at national and international level), of which 21 as PI, and one as Work Package leader of a EU grant. As a result, she has published about 70 papers in SCI journals, 14 papers in other journals, 4 book chapters, and 4 multimedia publications. She also has been PI in the ACTIQUIM project, where a patent (PCT) was produced by Pharmamar SA. Furthermore, she has presented more than 135 communications in congresses and symposia, being Chair person in two cases. She has given 15 conferences at national and international level. She has been reviewer for about 16 SCI journals, and has participated in panels of PhThesis at national and international level, as well as in selecting committees for job contests. Also, she usually participates in committees for evaluation of several Grant Awards, Projects and Fellowships at national and international levels, for different ministries, administrations and institutions. She is a well-considered researcher worldwide in marine chemical ecology, Antarctic marine biology and marine invertebrate biology. Her scientific production includes highly-cited papers on different areas, such as marine natural products, chemical ecology, systematics and biology of marine invertebrates, biodiversity, and biology of molluscs. She participates in the editorial board of the Open Access journal “Oceanography” (OMICS). She is also Rector’s Deputy for Research at the UB since 2009 and Senior Officer of LERU at UB since 2010.
Operational Oceanography, Animal biology (zoology) , Animal Ecology , Biological Oceanography