M. Jose Alonso
She is full professor of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), since 1998. From 2006-2010, she was the Vice-rector of Research and Innovation of the USC.
She gained her Master in Pharmacy from USC in 1981 and her PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology from USC in 1985. She has been visiting scientist at University of Paris XI, France, in 1986, at University of Angers, France, in 1989 and MIT, US, 1991-1992.
The Alonso lab is specialized in the formulation of macromolecules, i.e. peptides, proteins, antigens, monoclonal antibodies and polynucleotides using polymer-based delivery systems. Maria’s major accomplishments in research are: (i) pioneering the design of novel nanomaterials based on the polysaccharide chitosan and arginine-rich polypeptides, of interest for intracellular protein delivery; (ii) first time report of the encapsulation of proteins, antigens and polynucleotides into nanoparticles made of PLGA and PLA-PEG and (iii) first time report on the influence of PEG on the capacity of nanoparticles to overcome mucosal barriers (ocular, nasal, intestinal).
She has coordinated a high number of consortia financed by the WHO, the Gates Foundation and the European Commission. Currently, she is involved in seven international projects.
She is the author of 256 scientific contributions with more than 13,000 cites (H factor 65) and the inventor of 19 patent families. Her work has been recognized with 17 Awards and, because of the impact of her papers, in 2010, she was classified among the TOP TEN in Pharmacology (Times Higher Education international ranking).
From the academic perspective, in addition to her important teaching dedication to the under-grad and graduate levels, she has been the advisors for more than 100 students, among them 30 PhD students.
She is a member of three Academies in Spain, member of the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE).
She has received 23 awards, among which there are the “King Jaume I Award”, the most prestigious award for Spanish researchers and the “Maurice Marie Janot Award” of the European Pharmaceutical Society (APGI).
She has served on a number of commissions of trust (Adviser for the Spanish Ministries of Science and Health among others), as well as on the editorial board of 11 journals and scientific societies (CRS, APGI, EUFEPS).
Particularly relevant has been her contribution to the Controlled Release Society, where she started as a “Governor” in 1995. She was also the Founder and president of the “Spanish Portuguese Chapter of the Controlled Release Society” (SPLC-CRS) (1995-96), a member of the “Board of Advisors” (2012), Director-at-Large (2013-2015) and she is currently the Director of the Controlled Release Society (CRS). She is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Controlled Release.