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Monday, 14 March 2022

Investiture of Prof. Laura Lechuga as Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Cádiz

On March 11, Prof. Laura Lechuga, CSIC research professor and ICN2 group leader, was officially awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in a ceremony held in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Science at the University of Cadiz.

The Solemn Act of investiture of Doctor Honoris Causa of Prof. Laura M. Lechuga Gómez, CSIC research professor and leader of the ICN2 NanoBiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group, was held on Friday 11 March 2022 in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Sciences of the Univesity of Cadiz (UCA, Spain). The ceremony was hosted by the Rector of the UCA, Prof. Francisco Piniella; Prof. Guillermo Martínez Massanet, emeritus professor and former rector of the UCA, was the godfather of the new Doctor h.c.

Before the official investiture, Prof. Lechuga was invited to plant a tree, which will bear her name, in the “Bosque de Los Honoris” (Grove of the Doctors Ad Honorem) on the esplanade next to the CASEM building on the Puerto Real Campus.

The Senate of the University of Cadiz, at the proposal of the Board of Directors of the UCA, ratified last December the granting of this honour to UCA’s former student Prof. Lechuga, in recognition of the impact of her research and the international relevance of her outstanding career.

The video of the ceremony is available on the Youtube channel of UCA:

 

About Prof. Laura Lechuga

Prof. Laura M. Lechuga received her PhD in Chemistry from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in 1992. She is Full Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Head of the Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Barcelona (Spain) and at the Networking Biomedical Research Center (CIBER-BBN). She has been Adjunct Professor at The Artic University of Norway (2012-2016) and Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Campinas (Brazil) (2013- 2017).

The principal focus of her research is the development of novel nanobiosensor devices based on nanoplasmonics and silicon-based photonics principles, including surface biofunctionalization, microfluidics for automatic fluid delivery and complete lab-on-a-chip integration for point-of-care devices. The use of nanobiosensor devices for a wide range of challenging clinical and environmental applications is one of her main objectives.

She has published over 260 articles, book chapters and proceedings, has 8 families of patents, and has presented her work worldwide in more than 360 invited talks. She has co-founded two spin-off companies. Prof. Lechuga is Associate Editor of Analyst (RSC) and has been Associate Editor for other two physics and engineering journals. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of several national and international high-level research centres and has taken part in numerous international evaluation panels.

 

Photo (from left to right): Prof. Francisco Piniella (Rector of the UCA), Prof. Laura Lechuga, Prof. Guillermo Martínez Massanet (emeritus professor and former rector of the UCA).