Institutional Delegates

Carmen González Sotelo

Institutional Delegate of the CSIC in Galicia (2023 – Actualidad)

Research Professor (IIM)

Caracas, 1961

Graduated from the University of Navarra (1984) and doctorate (1991) in Biology from the University of Santiago de Compostela. She carried out research stays abroad (Brandeis University -USA; Torry Research Station -United Kingdom- or University of Texas Branch -USA…), and won a position as a tenured scientist at the CSIC in 1998, through which he began working at the IIM, within the Food Biochemistry group. In 2005 she was promoted within the CSIC scientific staff scale to scientific researcher and in 2022 to research professor.

Among its lines of research are the development of analysis methods that guarantee the traceability and correct labeling of fishing and aquaculture products, the valorization of fishing and aquaculture by-products, and specifically the study of the potential of collagen and hydrolysates. of collagen from skin waste in biomedical and cosmetic applications.

She is the author of more than 100 research articles published in high-impact journals included in the Science citation index (SCI) database and three patents for the identification of species in canned marine products. She has participated in more than 15 national and regional research projects and in 11 European Union projects, being the principal investigator of nearly 19 projects, including “UE DNAIS” and “LABELFISH”, of which she was coordinator.

Nowadays, she coordinates “SEATRACES”, financed by the Interreg Atlantic Space program, in which 10 partners from 5 European countries participate, and the State Plan project “SEAFOOD-ID”. In both, they are working on methodologies that allow the verification of the geographical origin of fishing and aquaculture products, as well as other aspects related to the information that must appear on these foods.

In the field of management, she has been director (2011-2015) of the IIM, an institute of which she was also vice director.

Javier Rey Campos

Institutional Delegate of the CSIC in Galicia (2021-2023)

Research Scientist (MBG)

Pontevedra, 1958.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela (1980) and a Ph.D. in Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid (1986). He completed postdoctoral stays at research centers in New York and Paris. Since 1993, he has been a Research Scientist at the CSIC.

He began his research career at the Center for Biological Research. His research has primarily focused on the molecular biology of animal viruses such as the African swine fever virus, human genetics of complement system genes, and gene expression regulation in animals.

Since 2004, his work has been particularly focused on the management, analysis, and strategies of R&D. In his career, he served as the founding director of the CSIC General Foundation (2009-2012), a non-profit private entity established in 2008 on the initiative of CSIC with the support of its founding patrons, with the main purpose of facilitating, promoting, enhancing, and coordinating private funding for the development of public-private initiatives in CSIC and other public R&D entities. He has also been Deputy Coordinator of the National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective and an advisory member of the CSIC Presidency.

Since 2014, he has been assigned to the Biological Mission of Galicia. Additionally, he is an external collaborator with the State Research Agency and collaborates with the General Secretariat for Universities of the Xunta de Galicia.

Antonio De Ron Pedreira

Institutional Delegate of the CSIC in Galicia (2019-2021)

Research Professor (MBG)

Lugo, 1952.

He holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela and is a university expert in Advanced Applied Statistics Methods from the National University of Distance Education. Linked to the CSIC since 1983, his scientific career is based at the MBG, where he founded the Legumes (1988) and Agrosystems Biology (2013) research groups.

His research focuses on agricultural biodiversity and the genetics and improvement of leguminous plants.

He is a professor in the Master’s program in Genomics and Genetics (University of Santiago de Compostela-University of Vigo), a member of the Titles Committee of the Agency for Quality in the Galician University System, president of the Society of Sciences of Galicia, and leader of the Protein Crops Working Group (European Association for Research on Plant Breeding).

He has served as a high school professor, associate professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela, tutor at the National University of Distance Education, president of the Spanish Legume Association, and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Bean Improvement Cooperative.

Eduardo Pardo de Guevara y Valdés

CSIC Coordinator in Galicia (2012-2019)

Research Professor (IEGPS)

Ponteceso (A Coruña), 1952.

He holds a Ph.D. in Medieval History from the Complutense University of Madrid. He joined the CSIC in 1988 and has been stationed at the “Milà i Fontanals” Institution (Barcelona) and the Institute of History (Madrid). In 1994, he became part of the IEGPS, which has been jointly operated by the CSIC and the Xunta de Galicia since 2000, and he currently serves as its director.

His research interests focus on the field of Late Medieval History, specifically in the social history of power (political and social history of power groups in Galicia). He also pursues studies in Medieval Genealogy and Heraldry.

He holds the position of Vice President of the Heraldry Commission of the Xunta de Galicia and the Spanish Committee of Historical Sciences. He is the President of the International Institute of Genealogy and the Academic Vice President of the Ibero-American Confederation of Genealogy. He is also a full member of the Académie Internationale d’Héraldique, the Académie Internationale de Généalogie, and the Real Academia Matritense de Heráldica y Genealogía. Additionally, he is a corresponding member of the Real Academia de la Historia, the Real Academia Hispanoamericana de Cádiz, and an honorary or corresponding member of more than twenty other European and American academic institutions and corporations.

Uxío Labarta Fernández

CSIC Coordinator in Galicia (2006-2012)

Research Professor (IIM)

Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña), 1949.

He holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela. He joined the CSIC in 1972. His scientific work has been carried out at the IIM, initially in the Fisheries Group, and since 1986 in the Ecophysiological Models, Ecosystem Carrying Capacity, and Impact of Global Change on Bivalve Mollusks Group, where he has developed the CSIC-PROINSA Mussel Lab.

He is an Honorary Professor at CSIC. His research focuses on the field of marine ecology, with a special focus on the economic and ecological space of estuaries, particularly in studies of physiological energetics, modeling, and cultivation of bivalve mollusks, with a special emphasis on mussels. Since 1998, he has been collaborating with the Institute of Studies and Development of Galicia at the University of Santiago de Compostela as a co-author in the annual publication “A Economía Galega” (The Galician Economy).

He has served as the Director of the Cabinet of Studies of the CSIC Presidency (1983-1986), Advisor to the CSIC Presidency (1986-1988), and Director of the IIM (1990-1994). As an R&D manager, he has worked as the Secretary of the National Program for Marine Resources and Aquaculture – National Program for Scientific and Technical Research (1988-1989), manager of the Special R&D Program for Aquaculture of the Advisory Commission for Scientific and Technical Research (1985-1987), a member of the Scientific Advisory Commission of the Xunta de Galicia (Ministry of Education, 1984-1986), and a member of the Governing Council of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (2005-2011). His career also includes being an elected member of the Plenary of the Consello da Cultura Galega (1990-1993), a deputy in the Parliament of Galicia in the IV Legislature (1993-1997), a member of the Board of Directors of the Galaxia Group (2008-2012), and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal ARBOR (1985-1986). He has been part of the Editorial Board of “GRIAL Revista Galega de Cultura” (2003-2019). Since 2002, he has been a columnist for the opinion section of La Voz de Galicia.

Amando Ordás Pérez

CSIC Coordinator in Galicia (2002-2006)

Research Professor (MBG)

León, 1945.

He is a Doctor of Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and holds a Master of Science in Plant Genetic Improvement and Statistics from the University of Minnesota (USA).

Linked to the CSIC since 1975, his scientific career is based at the MBG, where he founded the groups for Maize Genetic Improvement and Brassica Genetic Improvement.

He is an Honorary Professor at CSIC. His research focuses on plant genetic improvement, quantitative genetics, and germplasm conservation. Among his scientific and technical achievements, it is worth mentioning the creation of the germplasm bank at the MBG, initially focused on maize and brassicas, and later expanded by other researchers to include other species of interest in Galicia. He also developed the maize hybrid DMB 15-70, which was the most widely planted in Galicia for a decade in its maturation cycle.

He worked as a research assistant (1972-1973) in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota (USA). He served as the director of the MBG (1986-1989, 1991-2002) and the Director of Plant Production Research for the Basque Government (1989-1991). He was a member of the National Commission for Maize and Sorghum Estimation at the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture (1989-2015). He also taught in the International Master’s program in Plant Genetic Improvement at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (1989-2017) and was an associate professor in Plant Production at the University of Vigo (1991-2012).

He represented Spain on the Board of Directors of EUCARPIA (European Association for Research on Plant Breeding) (1998) and was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Conservation and Use of Plant Genetic Resources Program at the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture (1996-2015). He served on the Policy Science Selection Committee of the Xunta de Galicia (1999-2002) and coordinated, by appointment of the CSIC, the Scientific Plan for the Island of La Palma (2001-2013). He was the President of the Plant Genetic Improvement group and a member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Society of Horticultural Sciences (2010-2014). He also taught in the Master’s program in Environmental Technology (2009-2014) and the Master’s program in Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainable Uses, and Environmental Implications (2011-2013) at the University of Vigo.

María Cruz Mato Iglesias

CSIC Coordinator in Galicia (1992-2002)

Research Scientist (IIAG)

She holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the University of Santiago de Compostela, and she furthered her education at the Faculty of Sciences at the Universities of Lausanne and Montpellier. She joined the CSIC in 1965. Her scientific career was developed at the IIAG in the Department of Plant Physiology.

Her research areas encompass phytosociology, plant physiology, and biochemistry, with a special focus on hormones and secondary metabolism products related to plant growth.

She has served as a professor of Botany at the University of Santiago de Compostela (1957-1965; 1969-1973) and as the Director of IIAG (1984-1994).

José Manuel Gallardo Abuín

CSIC Coordinator in Galicia (1985-1992)

Research Professor (IIM)

Vilagarcía de Arousa (Pontevedra), 1944.

He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela. He joined the CSIC in 1972. His scientific career was developed in the Fish Preserves Section of the Institute of Fisheries Research in Vigo, and in 1979, he established the Marine Product Chemistry group.

His research has focused on the chemical changes in fish constituents during preservation, processing, and storage processes, their relationship with quality, and their health benefits. He has been involved in numerous national, international, and business research projects.

Among other positions, he served as the Director of the Institute of Fisheries Research in Vigo (1979-1983), was a member of the Scientific Committee of the CSIC (1983-1985), acted as the interim director of the MBG (1989-1991), and was a member of the Advisory Committee for Marine Research of the Xunta de Galicia (1982). He taught in the Master’s program in “Management and Development of the Food Industry” at the University of Oviedo (1992-2017), was a member of the Selection and Scientific Evaluation Committee of the Xunta de Galicia (1997-1998), and managed the General Promotion Program of Research for the Galician Research and Technological Development Plan of the General Secretariat for Research and Development of the Presidency of the Xunta de Galicia (1999-2003), as well as the Sectoral Program of Food Technologies of the Directorate-General for Innovation of the Xunta de Galicia (2003-2005).