March 2021


Vanessa Valdiglesias García. Research Associate

Dr. Vanessa Valdiglesias is a PhD researcher with several years of experience in Genetic Toxicology. She completed her PhD, with honors and extraordinary award in November 2010 at the University of A Coruña (Spain) investigating the molecular and cytogenetic effects induced by the marine toxin okadaic acid (OA) in different human cells. Previously, she investigated the protective effect of selenomethionine on induced DNA damage and repair, as the work for her First Degree, and it was winner of a Scientific Award from the Galician Royal Academy of Sciences (2007).

Between 2012 and 2013, she performed her Postdoctoral Research focused on the use of genetic biomarkers in clinical and molecular epidemiology in the IRCCS San Raffaele in Rome (Italy). As a consequence of this exhaustive pre and postdoctoral training, she has a strong experience in performing cytogenetic assays and in molecular biology methodologies. Besides, she completed her formation with stays in different research centers such as the University of Bradford (UK), the National Institute of Health (Portugal), the University of Valparaíso (Chile), and the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (Lucknow, India). During this time, she carried out several studies evaluating the health risk to different nanomaterials (mainly metal oxide nanoparticles) which led her to be awarded (Dolores Trigo Scientific Award, 2013; Galician Royal Academy of Sciences Scientific Award, 2015). As a consequence of this exhaustive pre- and postdoctoral training, she got a strong experience in performing a battery of cytogenetic assays in different cell systems, as well as in molecular biology methodologies.

In summary, she has participated in 17 research projects (1 as principal investigator), authored or coauthored 49 manuscripts (5 more are currently under review), 2 books, 9 book chapters, and more than 70 communications in international meetings, including several invited lectures. She is also frequently invited to review research projects for institutions from different countries and articles for indexed scientific journals, and has been a member of organizing and scientific committees in several meetings. Furthermore, she has supervised several Degree, Master’s Degree and PhD students, and she has taught more than 800 hours of classes in different courses at different institutions and universities, both national and international. All this experience led her to become a well-known researcher highly appreciated by the international scientist community, so she was recently granted with the Young Scientist Award 2015 by the European Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society.

At present, she is a “Xunta de Galicia” Posdoctoral Researcher performing her research work at the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (Portugal), and she is involved in different research projects as well as supervises several PhD and MSc students. She is also an active member of four EU COST Actions on different topics.