Dr. Beatriz María Fresco Cala was born in Córdoba in 1989. She studied Chemistry at the University of Córdoba, finishing her Bachelor’s degree with the Extraordinary End-of-Studies Award in 2012.
In 2010 she joined FQM-215 research group as a student-collaborator obtaining a grant for “Researching initiation” for two years. During this time, she worked on the development of nanostructured materials in microextraction techniques. Later on, she obtained a research grant during her Master in Fine Advanced Chemistry.
In 2014, she received a competitive predoctoral grant (FPU) for the development of her PhD thesis, which is focused on the evaluation of the potential of monolithic solids modified with nanoparticles in microextraction techniques. During this period, she has performed short-term research stays at the University of Valencia (Spain, 2016) and at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic, 2017). Recently, she received her Ph.D. in Chemistry (October 2018) with the highest degrees (Summa Cum Laude). She has also received awards for her doctoral thesis from Lilly Company and Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry (RSEQ).
Moreover, she has co-authored more than 10+ publications, a book chapter and 15 conference papers. Additionally, she has developed both scientific and teaching activities in the Biochemistry, Environmental Science, and Food Science and Technology degrees. She also participated in the tutoring of end-of-degree projects and the supervision of B.Sc practices in enterprises. She also got the degree of ‘Expert in Training of University Teachers’ and she has participated as speaker in numerous scientific exhibition activities for the public including “European Researchers’ Night”, “Café con Ciencia”, “Paseo por la Ciencia” or “Ingenios en ruta”.