Editorial Board Member
Environmental Chemistry Department, Institute for Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Cristina Postigo received her PhD at the University of Barcelona after conducting her PhD research at the Institute for Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) under the supervision of Prof. Damià Barceló and Dr. Miren López de Alda in the fields of environmental organic contaminants and wastewater-based epidemiology. She realized her post-doctorate at the US Environmental Protection Agency with Dr. Susan Richardson and Dr. Jane Ellen Simmons in the field of drinking water disinfection byproducts. She is currently ComFuturo researcher at the IDAEA-CSIC. Dr. Postigo made outstanding contributions to assess and solve environmental pollution problems, with particular attention to water quality. In this regard, she has contributed to the current knowledge on the fate of emerging contaminants such as pesticides, psychoactive substances and steroids in the environment and the risk that these substances may pose to exposed organisms. She is also pioneer in the application of wastewater-based epidemiology to evaluate illicit drug consumption at the community level. Her research aims at: (1) improving and developing innovative water treatments to control and minimize the release of emerging organic contaminants into the water cycle and the formation of disinfection byproducts in reclaimed and drinking water; and (2) exploring wastewater-based epidemiology to evaluate lifestyle, contaminant exposure, and health status of a given population. For this, she makes use of advanced analytical techniques based on mass spectrometry and participates in multidisciplinary studies with scientists from diverse disciplines. She has published more than 65 scientific papers in high impact journals and 20 book chapters.
Wastewater-based epidemiology, Disinfection byproducts, Water treatment, Environmental risk assessment, High resolution-mass spectrometry, Organic micropollutants, Reclaimed water, Non-target screening