• Iván López Montero

    I completed my 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); my 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. Then I joined the group of Prof. Francisco Monroy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) as a Juan de la Cierva fellow.
    My research efforts focused onthe 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, I 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. I have been a Ramón y Cajal researcher at UCM from 2014 until October 2017, when I became an Associate Proffesor. I lead the Mitochondrial Membranes Laboratory since 2014.

  • Paolo Natale

    I started my studies as Biologist in 1993 at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) in Groningen (The Netherlands) and completed Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Biology with the specialization in Molecular Biology at the RUG in August 1999. After graduation, I started my PhD-thesis in September 1999 to study the structural and functional properties of the Escherichia coli ATPase SecA by tryptophan fluorescence spectroscopy at the Department of Molecular Microbiology at the RUG under the supervision of Prof. Dr. A. Driessen and Dr. C. van der Does. In March 2006, I joined as a Post-Doc the group of Prof. Dr. M. Vicente at the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB-CSIC Madrid, Spain), where my research activity as a molecular microbiologist focused on the reconstruction of essential cellular processes in bacteria to understand their detailed molecular mechanism. In September 2015, I joined as a Post-Doc the group of Dr. Ivan Lopez Montero at the Complutense Univerisity in Madrid (UCM) where I develop my research activity currently. My research activity focuses on the production, purification and the reconstruction ATP synthase from different origins within model membranes to produce ATP inside the lipid vesicles.

  • Mónica Muñoz Úbeda

    I obtained my Degree in Chemistry in 2008 at the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM). In 2009 I started my PhD to study the DNA lipofection with colloidal nanovectors under the supervision of Profs. Emilio Aicart and Elena Junquera, from the department of Physical Chemistry I at UCM. During 2014, I worked on the synthesis and characterization of lipidic nanoparticles with paramagnetic complexes of Gd(III) and Mn(II) at the Università degli studi Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro” (Alessandria, Italy). In 2015 I moved to the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) to work in the development of new therapies for the treatment of congenital metabolic rare diseases. Awarded with a reintegration program “Sara Borrell” from the Spanish Institute of Health I joined the group of Dr. Ivan Lopez Montero at Hospital 12 de Octubre to apply gene therapy against mitochondrial diseases.

  • Sergio González Rubio

    I obtained my Bachelor degree in Chemical Sciences at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2010. Among 2011 and 2015 I was hired in the department of Physical Chemistry at Universidad de Castilla‑La Mancha (Ciudad Real), where in 2012 I received a Master’s degree in Research in Chemistry and in 2016 obtained his PhD in Chemistry. During my predoctoral training, I spent a month at the Institut de Combustion Aérothermique Réactivité et Environnement (Orléans, France) and three months at the Institut de Physique de Rennes-Départment de Physique Moléculaire (Rennes, France). In addition, I have published 8 scientific articles and I have presented 16 contributions in national and international conferences. Currently, I works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Physical Chemistry department at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

  • Ajay Kalanjana Monnappa

    I finished my Bachelor degree in Microbiology in 2006 at the University of India.  I was awarded with a Student Collaboration Scholarship in 2005, through which I could work in the Department in the School of Physics. During this period, my work was focused on the mechanics bacterial division.In 2014, due to my interest in the study of living biological systems, I joined UNIST at Physical Chemistry Department. Afterwards, I obtained a grant for developing my work at Lopez Montero’s Lab.

  • Víctor G. Almendro Vedia

    I finished my Bachelor degree in Chemistry in 2013 at the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM).  I was awarded with a Student Collaboration Scholarship in 2012, through which I could work in the Dynamics out of Equilibrium group in the Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Physics Department in the School of Physics. During this period, my work was focused on the mechanics of cell division under the supervision of FJ Cao. In 2014, due to my interest in the study of living biological systems, I worked with E.coli bacteria at Francisco Monroy’s lab in Physical Chemistry Department in the Faculty of Chemistry of UCM performing analysis of their fluctuations under flickering microscopy. Afterwards, I joined Ivan Lopez Montero’s Lab to start my PhD focusing on the mechanical interaction of ATP synthase with lipid membranes. On November 2018 I could defend my thesis entitled Mechanical interactions of F₁F₀ ATP synthase with model membrane systems: biological implications, and became PhD after all.

  • Andrés D. Tolosa Díaz

    I completed my undergraduate in industrial microbiology at the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana (Colombia) in 2013. My graduate thesis was focussed on the computacional prediction of the tertiary structures of hypothetic proteins. Then, I did a research stay for 8 months at the Physical Chemistry Departament at University Complutense of Madrid year 2014. I obtained my Ms. degree in Microbiology and Parasitology: Research and development at the University Complutense of Madrid finished in 2015. Currently, as a PhD student, I am working at the MML on the cloning, expression and purification of proteins involved in the mitochondrial dynamics.

  • Mercedes Benavente Bárzana

    I joined the group of Prof. Iván López-Montero on November 2016 to provide administrative support for his projects. I had been previously working over 20 years as Executive & Personal Assistant for top managers at international companies such as EDP Renewables, Endesa, Toshiba or Pizza Hut.


  • Past members:

  • Ismael Plaza García-Abadillo

  • Nuria Montero Pastor

  • Judit Sastre

  • Diego de la Fuente Herreruela