Dr. Ana de Santiago Martín
Ana de Santiago Martín is PhD in Pharmacy with European Mention at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). Her PhD thesis, supervised by Concepción González Huecas and Antonio López Lafuente, was presented in 2013 (Folch award): "Role of soil constituents in heavy metal availability in calcareous agricultural soils in the Mediterranean area. Chemical and biological approaches". She obtained a MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the specialty of Biodiversity and Health (UCM, 2007), and a BSc in Pharmacy with an intra-curricular specialty in Environmental Health (UCM, 2006).
She has worked for 5 years (2008 – 2013) as Assistant in the Pedology Department (Faculty of Pharmacy, UCM). During this period, she specialized on the study of the distribution and (bio)availability of trace metals in agricultural soils, the role played by environmental variables (soil properties, time, temperature, land use change, vegetation), and the assessment of ecotoxicological bioindicators, their interaction with the environment and the risk of metals entering the food chain. In this line of research, she currently cosupervises a PhD thesis within CARESOIL program (Characterization, Remediation, Modelling and Risk Assessment of Contaminated Soils), to which she belongs as a member of SIAM (Soil and its Environmental Impact), a consolidated research group of the Community of Madrid. She has held stays in centres of excellence, such as CIEMAT (Spain) and INRA (France).
Subsequently, she has worked for 3 years (2014 – 2016) as Postdoctoral Researcher in the Civil Engineering and Water Engineering Department at Laval University (Quebec, Canada). As part of the research group led by Rosa Galvez, her research focused on the evaluation of sources and pathways of contamination (trace metals, deicing salts, phosphorus, and/or hydrocarbons) under several degradation and anthropogenic pressure scenarios (spills, roads, peri-urban areas, landfills, sedimentation, nautical activity) and evaluation, execution and monitoring of sustainable eco-remediation technologies (geo- and phytoremediation of runoff water, soil bioremediation). Currently, her collaboration with Rosa Galvez's group is ongoing as part of a project focused on assessing the impact of the Lac-Mégantic train accident (Quebec, 2013), the worst terrestrial oil spill in the history of North America.
She joined IMDEA Water as a Researcher in March 2017. She is a member of the research group "Soil and Water Quality in the Environment", coordinated by Irene de Bustamante Gutiérrez, whose global purpose is the Integral Management of Water Resources through 4 focus areas: 1) Treatment and water reuse; 2) Hydrogeology; 3) Contaminant assessment; and 4) Biological receptors. Within this group, the "Team in Vegetation Filters" works specifically on the treatment and reuse of wastewater for environmental purposes through the use of an Amended Land Application System. The transport of trace metals and emerging pollutants, mainly drugs, and their interaction with soil constituents are evaluated. She is currently Principal Investigator, together with Raffaella Meffe of the FatePharM project “Irrigation of crops with surface water contaminated with pharmaceuticals and trace metals: natural attenuation or health risk?" (Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad).