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Pablo Leivar Rico, PhD

Associate Professor

Deanery of the IQS School of Engineering and Department of Bioengineering


B.S. in Biochemistry (Universitat de Barcelona, 1998)
PhD in Biochemistry (Universitat de Barcelona, 2003)


Postdoctoral Fellow (University of California-Berkeley, 2004-2009)
Career Track Fellow (Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, 2010-2014)
Assistant Professor (IQS, 2014 – 2020)
Associate Professor (IQS, 2020 -)
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in Biotechnology (IQS, 2017 – 2023)
Vice Dean of Academic Organization (2023 – )

Research lines

  • Synthetic Biology and Molecular Biotechnology of Photosynthetic Microalgae:
    • Genetic and metabolic engineering of microalgae for the sustainable production of high-value bioproducts.
    • Engineering of glycolipid metabolism in the chloroplast of the green microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
    • Optogenetic control of gene expression as a tool for synthetic biology
    • Plant photosensor systems based on phytochrome photoreceptors (phy) and phy-interacting transcription factors (PIFs)