PhD Students

Juan-Jose Arroyo Crespo

Position: Technician
Telephone: +34 963 289 680 (Ext 1308)
Email: jarroyo@cipf.es

Juan José Arroyo Crespo obtained his degree in Chemistry at the University of Salamanca in 2011 and followed this by one year at the Microbiology and Genomics Department in the field of Epigenetics, studying DNA modifications. He obtained his Masters Degree in “Supramolecular Chemistry” at University of Salamanca and, at the end of 2012, he started his PhD in the Polymer Therapeutics Lab at the CIPF. His research focuses on PGA-based combination therapy for the treatment of advanced stage and hormone-dependent breast cancer. This work currently concentrates on the synthesis, physico-chemical characterization, and biological evaluation of novel polymer-drug conjugates.

Oleksandr Zagorodko

Position: PhD student 
Telephone: +34 661 764 634 (Ext. 1308) 
E-mail: ozagorodko@cipf.es

Oleksandr (Alex to his friends) obtained his degree in polymer chemistry in the National University of Kiev-Mohyla (Ukraine) and his Masters Degree in “Advanced spectroscopy in chemistry” in a joint program between Lille University of Science and Technology (France) and the University of Helsinki (Finland). In November 2015, he joined the Polymer Therapeutics Laboratory at the CIPF where he is working in the ERC project “MyNano”,  focusing on the development of tumor-targeted polymer nanoconjugates for the treatment of advanced stage breast cancer with an emphasis on personalized treatment. 

Sonia Vicente-Ruiz Salvador


Position: PhD Student
Telephone: +34 963 289 680 (Ext 2314)
Email: sruiz@cipf.es

Sonia Vicente-Ruiz Salvador obtained her degree in Biochemistry from the University of Valencia in 2012 and obtained her Masters Degree in “Biotechnology assisted human reproduction” from the IVI clinic at the University of Valencia in 2014.  Currently, she is a PhD student in the Biochemistry and Biomedicine program at the University of Valencia. Her research at the CIPF focuses on the development and characterization of polymer-based combination therapeutic for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.  Her work involves both in vitro and in vivo studies using the metastatic human PCa cancer cell line. She is interested in cell uptake and biodistribution of these "theranostics" as well as their therapeutic efficacy.

Irene Dolz Pérez


Position: PhD Student
Telephone: Ext. 1308
Email: idolz@cipf.es

Irene Dolz Pérez obtained her degree in Pharmacy at the University of Valencia in July 2015 and recently obtained her Masters Degree in “Cosmetic Research and Technology” at the University of Valencia. She has recently joined our team as a PhD student to develop a project around “Research of Polymer Therapeutics for the treatment of skin diseases”. This project aims to develop topical administration technology which can modulate the penetrability of bioactive compounds and target them to specific skin layers. This will not only augment the efficiency of drugs but will also any minimize side effects by inhibiting the systemic release of said bioactive agents. The principal objective is based in the development and screening of diverse polypeptide (based on poly-L-glutamate) transport systems with both structural and physico-chemical diversity. These polymers are potential vehicles for the transport of pharmaceuticals across the biological barrier of the skin to treat epidermal diseases and disorders.

Fernanda Rodriguez Otormin

Position: PhD Student
Telephone: Ext. 2314
Email: frodriguezo@cipf.es

Fernanda obtained her degree in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences in 2015 and her Masters degree in Research and Rational Use of Drugs in 2016, both from the University of Valencia. She developed her Masters Thesis in the Polymer Therapeutics Laboratory and is now a PhD student in the program of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at University of Valencia. In 2017, she received a grant of three years from the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer de Valencia (AECC Valencia) to develop her PhD project in the CIPF about the “Design of novel targeted Polymer Therapeutics as combination therapy for the treatment of Brain Metastasis – Overcoming the Blood Brain Barrier”.

Paula Mª Soriano Teruel

Position: PhD Student
Telephone: +34 675 139 858 (Ext 2110) 
Paula Mª Soriano Teruel obtained her degree in Biotechnology at the Catholic University of Valencia in 2016 and obtained her Masters Degree in Biomedical Biotechnology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. She has recently joined our team as a PhD student to develop a project concerning “Inflammatory Tumor Microenvironment (TME) as Target in the Design of Nanoconjugates for the Treatment of Advanced Breast Cancer. (InflaNanoTarget)”. The main objective of InflaNanoTarget is to  design treatment strategies to modify breast TME at different tumor stages making use of nanoconjugate-specific tumor-associated macrophage (TAM) targeting and polymer-based combination therapies looking for synergistic effects. 

Tetiana Melnyk

Position: PhD Student
Telephone: Ext. 2314
Email: tmelnyk@cipf.es

Tetiana obtained her degree in polymer chemistry at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla academy (Ukraine) and her Master's Degree at the joint Erasmus Mundus program EACH (Exellence in Analytical chemistry) between University of Tartu (Estonia) and University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France).

In 2018 she joined the group of Dr. Maria J. Vicent. Her work is supported by a grant from the AECC (Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer) and focuses on the design of polymeric nanocarriers for the treatment of pediatric gliomas, using the intranasal route for administration.

Paz Boix Montesinos

Position: PhD Student
Telephone: ext. 2314
Email: pboix@cipf.es

Paz Boix Montesinos finished her degree in Biotechnology at the University of Valencia in July 2017 obtaining the Bachelor’s Degree Special Award. Her degree also included an Internship in the Polymer Therapeutics lab during the degree. Then, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Biomedicine at the University of Barcelona with the specialization of Basic and Translational Research in Cancer, undertaking a project on the colon tumor microenvironment at the Institute for the Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona).

Recently, she rejoined the team to develop her PhD project about the “Development of a polymeric combination therapy for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer tumors”.

MSc Students

Snežana Đorđević

Position: MSc Student
Telephone: 
Email: sneskadjs@gmail.com

Snežana obtained her Bachelor’s and Master degree in Pharmacy at the University of Belgrade (Serbia) in 2014. From September 2016, she has been enrolled in the Joint Erasmus Mundus Master Degree Program (Excellence in Analytical Chemistry- EACH) between University of Tartu (Estonia) and Uppsala University (Sweden) focusing on liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) methods in biorganic analysis.

Currently, she is working towards her Master's degree in Analytical Chemistry (developing LC-MS methods for stability studies of polymer-drug conjugates) in the Polymer Therapeutics Laboratory with the aim of starting her Ph.D. in the same research group.