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 is a member of the Sociedad Española de la Ciencia del Suelo (SECS) and the International Society of Soil Science (ISSS). 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). During this period, she has been a member of the Association Québéquoise de Spécialistes en Sciences du Sol (AQSSS). 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 currently collaborates with the research group of Irene de Bustamante Gutiérrez in the treatment and reuse of wastewater for environmental purposes through the use of an Amended Land Application System. Within the project, the transport of trace metals and emerging pollutants, mainly drugs, and their interaction with soil constituents will be evaluated.
Ana de Santiago Martín has combined her research with teaching tasks (supervision of MSc thesis, BSc student tutoring, teaching innovation projects, laboratory guide publication, member of Department Council) and she has taught more than 400 hours of laboratory and seminars in: BSc in Pharmacy at UCM (Hydrology, Pedology, Environmental analysis); MSc in Geological Engineering and Geotechnics at UCM (Soil contamination); MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences - Biodiversity and Health at UCM (Soil and water abiotic contamination - Health risk assessment); and MSc in Restoration of Ecosystems at University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) (Restoration of soils II. Contaminated soils).