The Team

Group Leader

Luis Vicente Lopez-Llorca
Group LeaderLuis Vicente
I am Professor of Plant Pathology at the Universidad de Alicante in SE Spain. I have taught at undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Botany, Mycology, Plant Pathology and Marine Biology. My research was carried out in Spain, the Netherlands, Scotland (where I got my PhD), USA and Canada. I have worked on the mode of action (at molecular, cell and ecological levels) and practical development of biocontrol fungi. I also worked on the endophytic behaviour of nematophagous and entomopathogenic fungi and their implications in biocontrol and plant growth promotion. My group has also investigated the role of root endophytes in natural vegetation under stress and their applications. We also have experience on palm fungal pathogens and pests and their biocontrol and on chitosan as antifungal and its compatibility with biocontrol fungi. Our group has filed patents, mostly on biotechnological applications of fungi in sustainable agriculture. The group is also resulting from part of this industrial property, Glen Biotech the first spin-off company of Alicante University, specialised in biocontrol, originated from our lab was founded in 2010.

Profesor ayudante doctor

Federico Lopez Moya
DoctorFederico Lopez 
I hold a degree in Biology from the University of Alicante (2004-2010). At present, I am involved in a PhD project on the antifungal mode of action of chitosan on Neurospora crassa and fungal human pathogens. My project involves the understanding of the differential response of fungi to chitosan. Some fungi such as N. crassa are chitosan sensitive whereas the biocontrol fungi Pochonia chlamydosporia is resistant to this compound. During my PhD I spend a two month in the Glass Lab (Berkeley, USA) to identify gene targets related with chitosan antifungal activity on N. crassa. I am also evaluating the role of chitosan in plasma membrane remodelling and the fungicidal mode of action of this compound on N. crassa. My studies require the use of cultivation techniques, inoculation and use of antifungal compounds, microscopic techniques, molecular biology and genetics also different uses in bioinformatics tools (genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics database).

Estudiantes de doctorado

Marta Suárez Fernández
Phd StudentsMarta Suárez Ferná
I hold a degree in Biotechnology from the University of Oviedo (2010-2014) and a MSc in Industrial and Agrifood Biotechnology from the University of Almeria (2014-2015). During my last year of the degree, I was working in a project at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Greifswald in order to improve the production of an antifungal molecule produced in Streptomyces. Currently, I am starting my phD project, based on defenses induction and effectors production in P. chlamydosporia.
Ana Lozano Soria
Phd StudentsAna Lozano
I hold a degree in Biology from the University of Alicante (2012-2017) and I am taking the Interuniversity Master's Degree in Analysis and Management of Mediterranean Ecosystems (2017-2018). I completed my Final Degree Project in the Fitolab with the title "Chitosan encapsulated for protecting and managing crops". Master's Thesis, which is based on the isolation and identification of entomopathogenic fungi in banana plantation soils.

Cristina Mingot Ureta
Estudiantes de másterCristina Mingot Ureta
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Ana Belén Jódar Pérez
Estudiantes de másterAna Belén Jódar Pérez
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Estudiantes de máster

Raquel López Núñez
Estudiantes de másterRaquel López Núñez
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Estudiantes del grado en Biología

Ana Aragón Pérez
Estudiantes del grado en BiologíaAna Aragón Pérez
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Rocío Tirado Conejo
Estudiantes del grado en BiologíaRocío Tirado Conejo
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Estudiantes del grado en Ciencias del Mar

Jorge Martínez Tomás
Estudiantes del grado en Ciencias del MarJorge Martínez Tomás
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Miriam Muñoz Martínez
Estudiantes del grado en Ciencias del MarMiriam Muñoz Martínez
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Estudiante de intercambio

Shannon Marie Murtagh
Estudiante de intercambioShannon Marie Murtagh
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About us

Welcome to Fungal Interactions (FI), the home in the Internet of Luis V. Lopez-Llorca’s lab. We hope your visit to our web will be of interest. Our research deals with the study and practical developments of fungal interactions with other organisms (specially pests and pathogens) and with  chitosan, a biopolymer with biological activity obtained from shellfish industry waste

Get in Touch

Laboratoy of Phytopathology
Telefon (+34) 965 90 34 00
Ext. 3381 (Office)  Ext. 3280 (Laboratory)