NanoBiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications

Group Leader: Laura M. Lechuga

Laura M. Lechuga

CSIC Research Professor

Group Leader

Prof. Laura M. Lechuga received her PhD in chemistry from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1992. From 2012 to 2015 she was an adjunct professor at the department of Physics and Technology at the Artic University of Norway (Tromsø, Norway). Since 2013 she has been a distinguished visiting professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Sciences of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil). She has been a fellow of the Optical Society since 2014. 

Prof. Lechuga is the leader of the ICN2 Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group. The main focus of her group lies in the technological development of nanophotonic (nanoplasmonics and silicon-based) biosensors, their integration into portable lab-on-a-chip platforms and their application in clinical and environmental diagnostics.

She has published over 200 articles, book chapters and conference proceedings and delivered more than 350 invited presentations. She also has eight families of patents at the European, US and international levels. She was the driving force behind the founding of spin-off company SENSIA, SL in 2004 and the co-founder of BIOD, SL in 2010.

Prof. Lechuga is an associate editor of the IEEE Photonics and Optics and Laser Technology (Elsevier) journals, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Sensors. She is a member of the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE), as well as of the European Optical Society (EOS), the Spanish Optical Society and the Real Sociedad Española de la Física (RSEF). She is a member of permanent steering committees for the Advanced Study Course on Optical Chemical Sensors (ASCOS) and for the Europt(r)ode Conference Series.

She has often served on the scientific committees of major international conferences and is regularly involved in the organisation of international conferences and workshops. She is a member of the scientific advisory boards of the Andalusian Centre for Nanomedicine (BIONAND), the Biomedical Research Institute of the Universidade de Vigo (CINBIO), the Micro and Nano Research Facility (RMIT, Melbourne, Australia) and the Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica (CIO, Mexico). She is regularly called upon as an expert evaluator and expert reviewer for the European Commission (FP5, FP6, FP7, H2020), as well as for high level panel evaluations at worldwide level.

She has received several prizes and recognitions over the years, including the 2016 Physics, Innovation and Technology Prize from the RSEF and the Fundación BBVA. In 2017 she was selected for inclusion in AcademiaNet: The Portal to Excellent Women Academics.