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Maria Rambla

POSITION: Researcher of the Marine and continental waters programme

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Maria Rambla-Alegre was graduated in Chemical Sciences (specialization in Analytical Chemistry) at University Jaume I (Castellon, Spain). Afterwards, she earned her PhD in Sciences also at this University, working on the determination of antibiotics using micellar liquid chromatography in physiological samples and food. Following her doctorate, she completed a one-year post Doctoral position at Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium); after which, she began working during three years as a research scientist at the Research Institute for Chromatography (RIC, Kortrijk, Belgium). 

In July 2015 she has joined IRTA as a researcher, and will be in charge of the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, aimed at the determination of marine biotoxins with different analytical techniques, mainly chromatographic, including mass spectrometry detection.  

ORCID profile: 0000-0003-4276-276X




  • Use of mass spectrometry to determine the diversity of toxins produced by Gambierdiscus and Fukuyoa species from Balearic Islands and Crete (Mediterranean Sea) and the Canary Islands (Northeast Atlantic). Toxins. 12 – 5, pp. 305. 
  • Addressing the analytical challenges for the detection of ciguatoxins using an electrochemical biosensor. Analytical chemistry. 92 – 7, pp. 4858 – 4865. 
  • Fast analysis of relevant contaminants mixture in commercial shellfish. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 205, pp. 119884. 
  • Rapid screening and multi-toxin profile confirmation of tetrodotoxin and analogues in human body fluids derived from a puffer fish poisoning incident in New Caledonia. Food and Chemical Toxicology. 112, pp. 188 – 193.
  • Identification of ciguatoxins in a shark involved in a fatal food poisoning in the Indian Ocean. Scientific Reports. 7 – 8240, pp. 1 – 8. 




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