CI8 Analytical & Food Chemistry

Ana GagoProfessor Ana Gago-Martínez

(PhD, Analytical Chemistry)

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Head of the group “Chemical Análisis of aquatic biotoxins, environmental and food pollutants” (CI8 group).

With a Ph.D Degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Vigo (Spain, 1992), Dr. Ana Gago leads the Department of Analytical and Food Chemistry at this same University. She graduated in Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain, 1982), where she also obtained the Master Degree in Analytical Chemistry. In 1993 and for two years, she continued her Post Doctoral studies at the Institute of Marine Biosciences (National Research Council) in Halifax (Canada) and obtained a fellowship from the Galician and Spanish Ministry of Education as a guest scientist in Health Canada, Ottawa (Canada, 2000).

Ana Gago Martínez spent several years as a Visiting Professor for the programme Socrates-Erasmus at various Universities and Institutions in the EU:

  • University of Jena (Germany, 1996, 1996, 2000, 2002)
  • Cork Institute of Technology, Cork (Ireland, 1998, 1999, 2002)
  • Institute of Marine Research, University of Bergen, Bergen (Norway, 2000, 2001)

She also was a visiting scientist in various occasions:

  • Environmental Canada, Ottawa (Canada, 2001)
  • Department Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry Facility. University of California, San Francisco (USA, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Since 2009 Ana Gago Martínez is the Director of the European Reference Laboratory for Marine Biotoxins.

Group of Analytical and Food Chemistry (University of Vigo)

The Group of Analytical and Food Chemistry is specialized in the development of modern techniques for processing samples. The working areas in sectors such as health, fishing/canning, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, are:

  • Determination of pollutants in water and seafoods: development of analytical methods for determining the presence of certain organic pollutants (HAPs, PCBs, BFRs, alkylphenols, etc..), which can be found at very low levels in different matrices (seafoods, water and sediments).
  • Determination of aquatic biotoxins in seafoods: development of simple, fast and specific analytical procedures for the monitoring of marine biotoxins, especially paralytic ,lipophilic  and amnesic (PSP, LPT, ASP) toxins in seafood, as well as other aquatic biotoxins as cyanobacterial toxins, which have their origin in freshwater but can affect the marine environment as well. 
  • Analytical immunochemistry: development of immunochemistry based analytical strategies for the previous treatment of complex matrices and also for specific of selective inmuno- based assays
  • Clinical analytical proteomics: development of analytical strategies for the proteomic analysis of plasma, serum and tissues with therapeutical and clinical diagnostics purposes.

This Group offers a series of technological services:

  • Extraction techniques (Soxlhet extraction, ultrasonic extraction, microwaves, solid phase extraction, solid phase microextraction, immunoaffinity solid phase extraction).
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC): UV/diode array, fluorescence and Mass Spectrometry (MS) detection modes.
  • Capillary Electrophoresis (CE): UV/diode array and Mass Spectrometry (MS) detection modes.
  • Gas Chromatography (GC).
  • Other detection modes: Flame Ionization Detection (FID) and Mass Spectrometry (MS).
  • Immunochemical techniques: ELISA and immunoaffinity based extraction and purification techniques.

In the recent years, the Group of Analytical and Food Chemistry has conducted research and development activities in collaboration with organizations and enterprises as ANFACO-CECOPESCA; Pescanova, S.A.; Cooper Zeltia, S.A. and CUMARSA, S.A. Lema y Bandín, Rampesca S.A., and Galfrio, among others.