Dr. Iván López Montero
Physical Chemistry, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Cell mechanics as a biophysical biomarker
Iván López Montero completed his B.Sc. in Condensed Matter Physics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) in 2001. Supervised by Prof Philippe F. Devaux at Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique (CNRS) and Marisela Vélez (UAM); his PhD thesis (2006, Université Paris 7) focused on lipid asymmetry, the flip-flop of ceramides as well as the biological implications of the enzymatic conversion of sphingomyelin into ceramide. He joined the group of Prof. Francisco Monroy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) as a Juan de la Cierva fellow. His research efforts focused on the mechanics of model lipid membranes, with the long-term goal being to infer the mechanical role of lipid membranes in different biological processes such as apoptosis and bacterial cell division. In 2013, he was awarded with an ERC Strating Grant from the European Research Council to go deep into the fabrication of membrane-based bioinspired artificial systems able to interact with cultured cells, with the final goal to improve the treatments currently available for mitochondrial diseases. From 2014, Iván López Montero is a Ramón y Cajal researcher at UCM.