Expert guide

UAB Experts Guide for journalists

This guide contains a list of researchers from different areas of knowledge who put their expertise at the disposal of the media. If you need help in finding an expert for a specific subject or contacting with one of the members of our lecturing staff, please contact our Communication Unit by phone at (+34) 935868228 or by e-mail.

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Ernesto Pascual

Ernesto M. Pascual Bueno

He is an expert in political parties, specifically in the selection of leaders and candidates. He has also developed his work in comparative political systems, political analysis and electoral strategies. He is also a specialist in political thought and State theory.


Keywords: political parties, internal democracy, electoral systems, constitutional law, political systems, political analysis, electoral strategy, political thought, State theory

Department of Political Science and Public Law

Political Science and Administration


Contact details Ernesto M. Pascual Bueno

ORCID Ernesto M. Pascual Bueno


Ana Paula Candiota

Ana Paula Candiota

Postdoctoral researcher from Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red (CIBER-BBN) assigned to Grup d'Aplicacions Biomèdiques de la RMN (GABRMN- UAB), with interest in the biomedical applications of nuclear magnetic resonance (MRI/MRS/MRSI) to the noninvasive assessment of therapy response in preclinical brain tumors. Magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) is acquired and pattern recognition applied in order to generate nosological maps of therapy response with translational potential. Different therapeutic agents are evaluated, immune system population involved in response is characterized and new immune cycle respecful therapeutic schemes are studied in order to improve outcome.


Keywords: brain tumor, therapy response, magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging, nosologic images, pattern recognition

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Contact details Ana Paula Candiota

ORCID Ana Paula Candiota


Juan Pedro Botet

Juan Pedro-Botet Montoya

He is an expert on lipid metabolism disorders; dyslipidemias; genetic hypercholesterolemias; cardiovascular risk factors; prevention of cardiovascular disease; and diabetes as vascular disease.


Keywords: arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, dyslipidemia, cholesterol, triglycerides, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular prevention, lipid-lowering drugs, statins


Antonio Pérez-Calero

Antonio Pérez-Calero Yzquierdo

Experimental physicist, Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics (High Energy Physics), obtained working at Universitat de Barcelona and European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), member of the LHCb (2006 to 2011) and CMS (since 2012) collaborations and experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Expert in Scientific Computing and Grid Computing as used in the field of Experimental High Energy Physics (Worldwide LHC Computing Grid). Postdoctoral researched at CIEMAT and Port d'Informació Científica (PIC).


Keywords: particle physics, high energy physics, HEP, CERN, LHCb, CMS, LHC, scientific computing, grid computing, WLCG, CIEMAT, PIC


Joan Lluís Pérez Francesch

Joan Lluís Pérez Francesch

He manages the LSTE study and research group (Freedom, Security and State Transformations) and the Observatory of Coexistence and Civility Catalonia (UAB). He is the director of the ICPS (Institute of Political and Social Sciences) and member of the SGR Group of Studies and ResearchPolitical, Institutions and Corruption in the Contemporary Age (PICEC). His research areas are global terrorism and organized crime; cybersecurity and the guarantee of fundamental rights; the civility and the coexistence in the local scope; political corruption and its affectation on the structures of the rule of law; and the populist attitudes.


Keywords: fundamental rights, security, freedom, rule of law, civility, populism, state theory; terrorism, organized crime, cybersecurity, political corruption

Department of Political Science and Public Law

Constitutional Law


Contact details Joan Lluís Pérez Francesch

ORCID Joan Lluís Pérez Francesch


Gustavo Pita

Gustavo Pita Céspedes

He received his degree in Philosophy from the Saint Petersburg State University and is lecturer of Asian and African Studies, with a specialisation in Japan by the College of Mexico and a PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies by the UAB. Thanks to grants from the Japan Foundation he has spent two research stays in Japan. His themes of interest are the bushi culture (samurai), Japanese martial arts, Zen Buddhism, Japanese history and thought, and global philosophical thought, as well as Russian thought. He is member of the scientific committee of the publishing series Biblioteca de Estudios Japoneses, CERAO-UAB.


Keywords: bushi culture, samurai, Japanese martial arts, Zen Buddhism, history of thought, Japanase thought, philosophical thought, Russian thought

Department of Translation and Interpretation & East Asian Studies

East Asia Studies


Contact details Gustavo Pita Céspedes

ORCID Gustavo Pita Céspedes


Alberto Plaja

Alberto Plaja Rustein

In addition to his teaching work in the medical school, Alberto Plaja is responsible for the Array Unit in the Clinical and Molecular Genetics Area of the Vall d'Hebron hospital. In previous periods of his life he was responsible for the Genetic departments of two of the largest private clinical analysis laboratories. His field is the diagnosis of chromosomal diseases using conventional cytogenetic techniques (karyotype analysis) and the new molecular techniques (Array-CGH, FISH, MLPA) in which he has been a pioneer. Through these techniques he has extensive experience in the prenatal and postnatal genetic diagnosis of patients with intellectual disabilities, malformations and autism spectrum.


Keywords: cytogenetics, chromosome, Array, FISH, MLPA, intellectual disability, malformations

Department of Cellular Biology, Physiology and Immunology

Cell Biology


Contact details Alberto Plaja Rustein

ORCID Alberto Plaja Rustein


Núria Planas

Nuria Planas Raig

Expert on language diversity in the mathematics classroom, especifically on the trilingual dynamics of the language of the learner, the language of the teacher and the language of school mathematics. Coordinator of the Research Group of Educational Practice and Mathematical Activity. Her conceptualization of language as resource for a socially responsible mathematics education is well recognized and used in the international research on the domain of school, equity and social justice. She shares her duties at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with an honorary position of research in University of South Africa.


Keywords: mathematics education, student learning, school, equity, social justice, discourse

Department of Teaching of Mathematics and Experimental Sciences

Didactics of mathematics


Contact details Nuria Planas Raig

ORCID Nuria Planas Raig


Reyes Pla

Reyes Pla Soler

Conservation and transformation of raw materials of animal origin, ensuring its safety and maximum quality for the consumer. Application of conventional and other more innovative technologies. Especially in the field of fish and fishery products, including by-products. Likewise, the field of eggproducts. Knowledge of the functional properties related to these types of foods of animal origin. Packaging and deterioration: safety and consumption. Products SANDACH.


Keywords: food technology, foods from animal origin: fish and fish products, eggs and eggproducts, food safety, technology and processing, quality

Department of Animal and Food Science

Food Technology


Contact details Reyes Pla Soler

ORCID Reyes Pla Soler


Tania Pleitez

Tania Pleitez Vela

Her research focuses on gender and aesthetics regarding Spanish-American poets (20th and 21st century) and Central American literature and culture.


Keywords: spanish-american poets, central american literature, genre, poetry networks

Department of Spanish

Spanish literature


Contact details Tania Pleitez Vela

ORCID Tania Pleitez Vela


Joan Poch

Joan Poch Serra

Reseacher with experience in conservation and management of geoheritage. He is advisor for the preparation of six candidatures of aspiring territories to be part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.


Keywords: geoheritage, UNESCO geoparks, geology

Department of Geology



Contact details Joan Poch Serra

ORCID Joan Poch Serra


Xavier Pons

Xavier Pons Fernández

PI of the Grumets Geographic Informtion Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) research group and creator of the MiraMon software (1994, +200,000 users in 40 countries). His methodological and applied work in both RS (geometry, radiometry, classification, compression, etc) and GIS (climate models, standards, etc) has been cited more than 6600 times. He has been the director of the Master in RS and GIS since 1996, and has been PI or participant in about 120 competitive projects and contracts. He received, between 1988 and 1992, a BS in Biology, two master degrees (in Botany and Geography) and a PhD.Full Professor of Geography at UAB. He has 2 ICREA Acadèmia research awards (2011-2015 and 2016-2020).


Keywords: Geographic Information Systems, GIS, remote sensing, MiraMon, geometry, radiometry, digital classification, big data, computer programming, image compression, climate models, standards

Department of Geography

Human Geography


Contact details Xavier Pons Fernández

ORCID Xavier Pons Fernández