Imperial College London

DrIgnacioGispert Contamina

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Associate







207Molecular Sciences Research HubWhite City Campus





Ignacio is working as a postdoctoral research associate after completing a Leverhulme Trust funded PhD under the supervision of Dr. Yuval Elani, Prof. Oscar Ces and Dr. Laura Barter. His research focuses on artificial/biological hybrid cells, especially on how to integrate living cell characteristics and behaviour in artificial cell-like entities. 

Previously, he used stimuli-responsive systems to control cell behaviour on his way to completing an MRes in Chemical Biology at Imperial College. Before moving to London, he finished a 4-year degree in Chemistry at Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS, Barcelona) where he worked with new drugs for antimicrobial photodynamic therapy, studying its optical, photophysical and photoantimicrobial properties in vitro. He had an internship at Laboratoire des IMRCP at Paul Sabatier University (Toulouse, France) where he studied the cytotoxicity and photodegradation mechanism of different highly toxic pollutants using UPLC-MS.



Cruz-Samperio R, Hicks CL, Scott A, et al., 2023, Modular Bioorthogonal Lipid Nanoparticle Modification Platforms for Cardiac Homing., J Am Chem Soc, Vol:145, Pages:22659-22670

Gispert Contamina I, Hindley J, Pilkington C, et al., 2022, Stimuli-responsive vesicles as distributed artificial organelles for bacterial activation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of Usa, Vol:119, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:1-10

Bresoli-Obach R, Gispert I, Pena DG, et al., 2018, Triphenylphosphonium cation: A valuable functional group for antimicrobial photodynamic therapy, Journal of Biophotonics, Vol:11, ISSN:1864-063X

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