Who are we?
The administration board of CEBE has the following members:
Ana Barragán Montero
Ana Barragán studied Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and the University of Lund (Sweden), where she spent 1 year within the Erasmus program. She graduated in 2013 and moved right after to Belgium, where she is doing a PhD in medical physics at the UCLouvain. Her research topic is “proton therapy”, a growing technique to treat cancer with radiation nowadays. In 2016, she co-worked in the creation of CEBE as association, where she tries to share her passion for science by helping in the organization of events to popularize science among other topics.
Elena Borderías Villarroel
Born and raised in Huesca. She graduated in Physics by the University of Zaragoza in 2017. She completed her degree at the University of Rennes (France) thanks to the Erasmus program. At this same university, she obtained the Master of Medical Physics in 2018. In the context of the second year of the Masters, she did an internship at UCLouvain, where she currently continues her second year of PhD. Her research focuses on the adaptation of radiotherapy treatments, more specifically she works on adaptive proton therapy. Elena joined CEBE in March 2019 and since then she is in charge of communication and social media management.
Laura Quijano graduated of Geology from the University of Zaragoza. She was awarded with a scholarship of the Erasmus program for one year at the Paul Sabatier Toulouse III University (France). She holds a PhD in Geology and she accomplished the doctoral thesis in one of the Institutes of the Spanish National Research Council (EEAD-CSIC). She collaborated with different universities in Switzerland (University of Basel and ETH-Zurich) and Belgium (University of Ghent and UCLouvain). In 2017, she joined the Georges Lemaître Center for Earth and Climate Research - Earth and Life Institute (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) as a beneficiary of a postdoctoral fellowship (24 months) of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. She currently works as a scientific officer in Brussels. Since 2018, she has contributed by representing CEBE in the RAICEX Commission for the Attraction of Talent and Scientific Policy and the organization of scientific dissemination events.
Ángel Urueña de Castro
Angel completed his studies in Telecommunication Engineering and Electronic Engineering in Valladolid (Spain). After that, he moved to Belgium, where he did his PhD studies at KULeuven, hosted by IMEC (Leuven), researching on designing and optimizing processes for solar cells. Currently, he is working for Kaneka, focusing again on the research and development of solar cells. Angel authors and coauthors more than 50 scientific papers in international journals and conferences. In 2016, he co-worked in the creation of CEBE as an association, where he is the current treasurer and helps in several administrative tasks.
Moreover, we have within the organization the leaders of the different committees:
Mary Paz Quílez - Professional development
Maria Paz obtained in 2012 her degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zaragoza, followed by a M. Sc. in Biomedical Engineering. She combined her studies with research projects in the Aragon Institute of Engineering Research (I3A) and the Hospital Lozano Blesa, performing studies about the biomechanics of knee and hip implants. After her studies she decided to tackle new challenges in the industry as a Product Manager, Project Manager or Medical Research Engineer. She is currently working as Project Manager at Materialize company in Leuven, leading software development projects for hospitals and medical device companies.
Mónica Vara Pérez- Science communication
Born and raised in Zamora, Mónica studied the BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Salamanca and did her last year and BSc Thesis at the KU Leuven. Immediately after, she moved to Rotterdam (The Netherlands) for her MSc in Molecular Medicine. She came back to the KU Leuven to pursue her PhD, which deals with the molecular mechanisms that contribute to the progression of melanoma, a type of skin cancer. As a last-year PhD student and vocational scientist, Mónica is convinced that research passion and science communication are two sides of the same coin. Therefore, she is involved in several SciComm initiatives in Belgium such as “Science Figured Out” and “Pint of Science”. From June 2019 onwards, Mónica collaborates with CEBE in SciComm and Women in Science event organization.
Sandra Domínguez - Scholarships, agreements and collaborations
Originally from the Canary Islands, Sandra moved to Madrid to start her biology training at the UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), later she specialized in genetics and cell biology. For almost two years, as a GFR and TFM student, she focused on the study of the synaptotoxic effects of amyloid peptide, one of the components of Alzheimer's Disease, on the neuromuscular termination of Drosophila melanogaster. During her training period, she made two stays abroad under the Erasmus+ program: in Leeds, studying the mechanical properties of calose hydrogels as a possible drug transporter; and in Brussels, acquiring skills in diplomacy and scientific communication. Thanks to the last stay, she joined CEBE team.
Currently, she is studying the Master in Clinical Trials Monitoring in order to become a Clinical Research Associate (CRA)
David Veredas - Expansion and consolidation of CEBE
David Veredas is Partner and Full Professor at Vlerick Business School. He is also a guest professor at the University of Ghent and a member of the finance committee at the King Baudouin Foundation. For more than 20 years he has developed teaching and research expertise in risk management, sustainable finance, and insurance. His knowledge ranges from the regulation of the financial service industry to mathematical finance, which he uses for both teaching and research.
He teaches risk management, sustainable finance, insurance, and statistics in Masters, MBA, DBA, and executive education. He publishes regularly in international peer-review journals and he is a usual writer of policy documents and opinion pieces in general public media. Moreover, he has trained 12 PhD and DBA students, and 6 post-docs so far. Professor Veredas is an elected member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee, and a founding member of the Society for Financial Econometrics (based at Stern School of Business in New York). He holds a BA in Economics, a BA in Statistics from University Carlos III de Madrid, a MA and a PhD in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain.
Laura Quijano - Science Policy and Diplomacy
Elena Borderías Villarroel - Communication and social media