<strong>Creativity</strong> and <strong>Innovation</strong><br /> for the patient Development of <strong>new therapies</strong> and <br /><strong>treatments</strong> to improve citizens health <strong>Internationally renowned</strong><br /> biomedical research

Creativity and Innovation
for the patient

Development of new therapies and
treatments to improve citizens health

Internationally renowned
biomedical research


Paula Santibáñez

Paula Santibáñez

Paula Santibáñez

Email: psantibanez@riojasalud.es

Phone: +34 941 278 870 (Ext.:89870)


Paula graduated in Biology and in Biochemistry by University of Navarra in 2006 and obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from University of La Rioja with a thesis directed by Dr. José Antonio Oteo and Dr. Arantza Portillo in 2015.

In January 2007 she joined Dr. Oteo’s research group and was on internship in the Laboratory of Special Pathogens (attached to the Infectious Diseases Department of Hospital San Pedro and currently named Center of Rickettsiosis and Arthropod-Borne Diseases), specially based on the molecular diagnosis of tick-borne bacterial diseases. Since 2008 to 2012 her research was mainly focused on the study of trombiculid mites, financially supported by two research projects from La Rioja Government: “Trombiculidiasis: casos humanos, caninos y estudio del agente causal” (FOMENTA2007/14) and “Estudio del ciclo biológico de Neotrombicula spp. en La Rioja” (PREDOC 2008/29). In addition, she enjoyed a 5-month pre-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Pathology of the University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, Texas, USA) and she received theoretical and hands-on training for working in BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories, accredited by the National Biocontainment Training Center (USA). She also participated in other research projects: “Vigilancia medioambiental de mosquitos circulantes en La Rioja como potenciales vectores de infecciones en nuestra área” and “Investigación de la presencia del virus de la encefalitis transmitida por garrapatas (TBE) y del virus de la fiebre hemorrágica de Crimea-Congo (FHCC) en ixódidos de la Comunidad Autónoma de La Rioja” (PS09/02492), and she obtained a grant by La Rioja Government for the development of techniques in ecotoxicology in the Regional Laboratory of La Grajera.

From January 2013 to March 2017 she worked at the Molecular Diagnostic Unit of Fundación Rioja Salud. She took part in a European project of the 7th Frame Program titled “A New GEnetic LABoratory for non-invasive prenatal diagnosis” (ANGELab). Moreover, she worked in the molecular diagnosis of a wide range of genetic disorders.

Since April 2017 she works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Center of Rickettsiosis and Arthropod-Borne Diseases

Since April 2017 she works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Center of Rickettsiosis and Arthropod-Borne Diseases






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