About CICA

Vision

We will be recognized in Latin America for our research and for the excellence of our analytical work in water quality, air quality and organic contaminants analysis.

Quality  Politic

The CICA has established and implemented a Quality Management System (QMS). The QMS is based on the requirements of the current international standard ISO / IEC 17025, which purpose is to provide high quality customer services are offered according to the costumer’s needs.

CICA has laboratories and a sampling unit, which tests are accredited under the current INTE-ISO / IEC 17025 that establishes the general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

Read about the scope of our accreditation on the website  Ente Costarricense de Acreditación (ECA):

 

Carlos

Carlos Rodríguez Rodríguez

Director

Microbiologist, University of Costa Rica. MSci and Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Autonomous University of Barcelona. Ten years of experience in bioremediation of emerging contaminants and pesticides using microorganisms.

  carlos.rodriguezrodriguez@ucr.ac.cr

Cristina

Cristina Chinchilla Soto

Viceprincipal

Agronomist, University of Costa Rica. M.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with emphasis on soil, University of Costa Rica.Ph.D in Atmospheric and Environmental Science, University of Edinburgh. Fourteen years of experience in climate change and greenhouse gases.Instructor, School of Agronomy of the University of Costa Rica.

 

cristina.chinchilla@ucr.ac.cr

Mario Masis

Mario Masís Mora

Co- Coordinator of the laboratory.

Chemist. University of Costa Rica. M.Sc in Natural Resource Management with emphasis in Environmental Management, Distance State University of Costa Rica. Twelve years of experience in the analysis of pesticide residue and other environmental pollutants in different matrices by liquid chromatography.

 

plaguicidas.cica@ucr.ac.cr
alberto.masis@ucr.ac.cr

Greivin

Greivin Pérez Rojas

Co-Coordinator of the laboratory

Chemist. University of Costa Rica. M.Sc in Environmental Management and Audit with emphasis on Waste Management International Ibero-American University. Ten years of experience in the analysis of residues of pesticides and other environmental contaminants in different matrices by gas chromatography and pesticide regulations.

  greivin.perezr@ucr.ac.cr

Jessie

Jessie Matarrita Rodríguez

Deputy laboratory manager.

Chemist. University of Costa Rica. Nine years of experience in the analysis of pesticide residue and other environmental pollutants in different matrices by gas chromatography.

 

  jessie.matarrita@ucr.ac.cr

Susana

Susana Briceño Guevara

Researcher

Chemist. University of Costa Rica. MSc in Management of Health Programs in Food Safety at the University for International Cooperation. Eight years of experience in processing samples for analysis of pesticide residue and environmental pollutants in different matrices and marine toxins analysis.

 

susana.bricenoguevara@ucr.ac.cr

mariadelmar

María del Mar Sánchez Barrantes

Laboratory analyst

Chemistry and Biology student, University of Costa Rica.


Laboratory assistants

Jenniffer Sandí Flores. Laboratory Analyst. Pharmacy student, University of Costa Rica.

Nancy Arias Monge. Laboratory Analyst. Chemistry student, University of Costa Rica.

María Laura Ramírez Jaén. Laboratory Analyst. Chemistry student, University of Costa Rica.

Rebeca Poveda Rojas. Laboratory Analyst. Chemistry student, University of Costa Rica.

Nicole Segura Salas. Laboratory Analyst. Chemistry student, University of Costa Rica.

 

Johan

Johan Molina Delgado

Coordinator.

Chemist, University of Costa Rica. Ten years of experience in physical and chemical analysis of water and wastewater, with emphasis on analysis of heavy metals.

aguas.cica@ucr.ac.cr
johan.molina@ucr.ac.cr

Victor

Víctor Arias Mora

Co- Coordinator.

Chemist, University of Costa Rica. Ten years of experience in physical and chemical analysis of water and wastewater.

victor.arias@ucr.ac.cr

Didier

Didier Ramírez Morales

Laboratory manager.

Chemist, University of Costa Rica. Four years of experience in physical and chemical analysis of water and wastewater. Instructor, School of Chemistry, University of Costa Rica.

didier.ramirezmorales@ucr.ac.cr

asistentesaguas

Laboratory assistants:

Anthony Ramírez Mendez.Chemist, University of Costa Rica, and Environmental Engineering student, Technological Institute of Costa Rica.

Julián Portuguez Brenes.Chemistry and Environmental Health student, University of Costa Rica.

Rebeca Corrales Gómez.Chemical Engineering student, University of Costa Rica and Environmental Engineering student, Technological Institute of Costa Rica.

Verónica Suárez Romero.Chemistry and Chemical Engineering student, University of Costa Rica.

Jochebeth Gódinez Bolaños.Chemistry student, University of Costa Rica.

Mariola Urgellés Ventura.Chemical Engineering student, University of Costa Rica.

Antony Torres Solano.Chemical Engineering student, University of Costa Rica.

 

Carlos

Carlos Rodríguez Rodríguez

Coordinator

Microbiologist, University of Costa Rica. MSci and Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Autonomous University of Barcelona. Ten years of experience in bioremediation of emerging contaminants and pesticides using microorganisms.

carlos.rodriguezrodriguez@ucr.ac.cr

Juan Carlos Cambronero Heinrichs

Microbiologist. Graduated from the University of Costa Rica with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Clinical Chemistry and 5 years as assistant in environmental microbiology, bioprospecting and biological control. Currently doing work in bioremediation

juan.cambroneroheinrichs@ucr.ac.cr

 

 

 


anaPerez

Ana Gabriela Pérez Castillo.

Coordinator

Chemist, University of Costa Rica M.Sc. with emphasis on Environmental Chemistry, University of Costa Rica.Eighteen years of experience in research about topics of environmental pollution.Researcher on minimizing farming impacts on climate change by enhancing carbon and nitrogen capture and storage in agro-ecosystems.Associate professor, School of Agronomy of the University of Costa Rica.

aire.cica@ucr.ac.cr
ana.perezcastillo@ucr.ac.cr

Cristina

Cristina Chinchilla Soto

Researcher

Agronomist, University of Costa Rica. M.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with emphasis on soil, University of Costa Rica.Ph.D in Atmospheric and Environmental Science, University of Edinburgh. Fourteen years of experience in climate change and greenhouse gases.Instructor, School of Agronomy of the University of Costa Rica

cristina.chinchilla@ucr.ac.cr

Jose Manuel

José Manuel Monge

IResearcher

Chemical Engineer, University of Costa Rica.Four years of experience on the implementation of methodologies to monitor carbon and nitrogen capture and storage in agro-ecosystems.Instructor, School of Chemical Engineering.

jose.monge_c@ucr.ac.cr

Ronny Barboza Mora

Investigador Asociado Ad Honorem

Agronomist, University of Costa Rica

M.Sc. on Organizational Psychology, Latin University of Costa Rica. Seventeen years of experience in management of crops and certifications of quality norms.Researcher on minimizing farming impacts on climate change by enhancing carbon and nitrogen capture and storage in agro-ecosystems.

ronny.barboza@gmail.com

Laboratory assistants:

Gabriel Bogantes León, Agronomy student, University of Costa Rica.

Jeilin Julissa Crawford Warren, Electrical Engineering student, University of Costa Rica.

Jimmy Arrieta Méndez, Animal Science student, University of Costa Rica.

José Rolando Mora Montiel, Environmental Health student, University of Costa Rica.

Juan Sebastián Hernández Cifuentes, Chemistry student, University of Costa Rica.

Leonel Bustamente Carballo, Chemistry student, University of Costa Rica.

Mayela María Monge Muñoz, Agronomy student, University of Costa Rica.

María José Moya, Agronomy student, University of Costa Rica. 

Marcela Mora Arrieta, Agronomy student, University of Costa Rica.

 

 

Marta

Marta Pérez Villanueva

Coordinator

Microbiologist, Universidad de Costa Rica. Master student in Microbiology. Six years of experience in the study of behavior and degradation of contaminants using radiotracers and the behavior of microbial populations in the presence of organic pollutants.

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marta.perez@ucr.ac.cr

metabolismo.cica@ucr.ac.cr


Paula Aguilar

Paula Aguilar Mora

Researcher.

Agronomist, Universidad de Costa Rica. Seven years of experience in developing training programs for farmers and in the production of technical materials in GAP for farmers and communities.

paula.aguilar_m@ucr.ac.cr

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Carazo Rojas

Researcher

Agronomist, graduated from the University of Costa Rica. Master’s Degree in Nuclear Energy in Agriculture, University of São Paulo, Brazil and Doctorate in Entomology at the University of Maryland, USA. She has thirty years of experience in pesticide behavior in the environment. She is a member of the IUPAC Crop Protection Chemistry subcommittee since 1999 and a professor at the School of Agronomy of the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

 

elizabeth.carazo@ucr.ac.cr

asistentesLMDC

David Espinoza Villalobos. Laboratory Analyst. Environmental Health and Biology student, University of Costa Rica.

Dayana Vega Méndez. Works with Geographic Information Systems. Geography and Biology student, University of Costa Rica

Leonel Bustamante Carballo. Laboratory Analyst. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering student, University of Costa Rica.

Teresita Mora Dittel. Laboratory Analyst. Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Student, University of Costa Rica.

 

 

Carlos

Carlos Rodríguez Rodríguez

Laboratory Coordinator

Microbiologist, University of Costa Rica. MSci and Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Autonomous University of Barcelona. Ten years of experience in bioremediation of emerging contaminants and pesticides using microorganisms.

carlos.rodriguezrodriguez@ucr.ac.cr
ecotoxicologia.cica@ucr.ac.cr

Veronica

Verónica Lizano Fallas

Laboratory Manager

Biologist. University of Costa Rica. M.Sc. in Integrated Rural Development Planning and Environmental Management, University of Lleida. Twelve years of experience in toxicology and ecotoxicology in terrestrial and aquatic organisms. Professor of the School of General Studies at the University of Costa Rica.

veronica.lizanofallas@ucr.ac.cr

paulaAlfaro

Paula Montero Alfaro.

Researcher.

Microbiologist. University of Costa Rica. M.Sc. in Natural Resource Management with emphasis in Environmental Management, Distance State University of Costa Rica. Five years of experience in environmental microbiology and more than five years of experience in ecotoxicology.

paula.alfaro@ucr.ac.cr

 


LETasistentes

Asistentes

David Espinoza Villalobos. Laboratory Analyst. Environmental Health and Biology student, University of Costa Rica.

Michelle Brenes Lizano. Laboratory Analyst. B.Sc. in Environmental Health and Biology student, University of Costa Rica.

 

 

Yaquelin

Jacqueline Mora Chacón

Quality Assurance Manager

Biotechnology Engineer. Executive Quality Program of the Technological Institute of Costa Rica. Ten years of experience in, quality assurance and internal audit systems management of the Standard Norm: INTE – ISO / IEC 17025: 2005 and ISO 10012, ISO13485 , ISO 17065 .

mail calidad.cica@ucr.ac.cr

calidad.cica@ucr.ac.cr

Kattia Angulo Hernández

Quality Management Unit Assistant.

Industrial Chemistry student, National University of Costa Rica. With expertise in implementation and compliance of the Standard Norm: INTE – ISO / IEC 17025: 2005



 


Laura Brenes Alfaro

Laura Brenes Alfaro

Coordinator.

Sociologist. University of Costa Rica. M.Sc. in Program and Project Development Evaluation Program. Five years of technical experience in developing processes of social research and facilitator of various training programs.

lauramaria.brenes@ucr.ac.cr

Maricruz Rodriguez

Maricruz Rodríguez Espinoza

Researcher.

Agronomist. University of Costa Rica. Seven years of experience in project development and training aimed at preventing and reducing pollution and eco-competitiveness.

 

accionsocial.cica@ucr.ac.cr

Esteban

Esteban Umaña Picado

Journalist

Journalist. Latin University of Costa Rica. Twelve years of experience in developing communication strategies and digital media, and three years of experience in audiovisual production.

esteban.umana@ucr.ac.cr

CarolinaZ

Carolina Zúñiga Zamora.

Researcher.

Sociologist. University of Costa Rica. Graduate of the Program and Project Development Evaluation Program. Seven years of technical experience in developing processes of social research and consulting in the area of ​​international development cooperation with emphasis on evaluation.

carolina.zunigazamora@ucr.ac.cr

Carlos Quesada Acuña

Communicator
Communicator with emphasis in Journalism and Public Relations (Lic). Graduated from the School of Sciences of Collective Communication of the University of Costa Rica with more than 9 years of national and international experience in the design and execution of communication strategies and tactics for private, public and third sector organizations. Specialist in relations with mass media.

 

carlos.quesadaacuna@ucr.ac.cr


Assistants

Joshua Chacón Monge. Agricultural Economist. Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness with emphasis on the Environment student, University of Costa Rica.

José Mario Lobo Higaldo. Environmental Health sudent, University of Costa Rica.

Daniela Vargas Campos. Environmental Health sudent, University of Costa Rica.

Mónica Solano Palacios. Mass Communication Sciences student, University of Costa Rica.

Melvin

Melvin Alpízar Marín

Coordinator

Agricultural engineer. Graduated from the University of Costa Rica and with 13 years of experience in the sampling of water for the determination of residues of pesticides and other contaminants, and the physical-chemical parameters of water, soil, vegetable and fruit quality for the analysis of Residues of pesticides and heavy metals as well as tests accredited under the INTE-ISO / IEC 17025: 2005 standard.

 

melvin.alpizar@ucr.ac.cr

muestreo.cica@ucr.ac.cr


Giovanni

Giovanni Mora Castro

Sampling Manager

Experienced in the sampling of water for the determination of residues of pesticides and other contaminants in physico-chemical parameters of water, soil, vegetable and fruit quality for the analysis of pesticide residues and heavy metals as well as tests accredited under the norm INTE-ISO / IEC 17025: 2005.

 

giovanni.mora@ucr.ac.cr

Maria Vanegas

María Soledad Vanegas Avilés

Coordinator

Degree in Accounting, Monterrey Autonomous University. Technical in International Trade and Budgets.

maria.vanegas@ucr.ac.cr

Melissa Jimenez

Melissa Jiménez Mora

Research Administrative Support.

Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Human Resources, Distance State University of Costa Rica.

investigacion.cica@ucr.ac.cr

Charlyn

Charlyn Vega Chavarría

Customer Service and external link.

Technical in Occupational Health, National Institute of Learning of Costa Rica.

servicioalcliente.cica@ucr.ac.cr

Melissa GaritaMelissa Garita Solano

Secretary of direction.

Degree in Business Administration from the Distance State University of Costa Rica. Bussiness Administration student,American University of Costa Rica.

secretariadireccion.cica@ucr.ac.cr

williamrodriguez_peqWilliam Rodríguez Blanco

Purchases and Inventory Manager.

Degree in Psychology with emphasis on behavior modification Central University of Costa Rica.

compras.cica@ucr.ac.cr

Asistants

 Anthony Mora Garita, Accounting student, University of Costa Rica.

 Jorge Mora Cerdas, Archival Science student, University of Costa Rica.

  Daniel Orozco Venegas, Computer Science and Informatics student, University of Costa Rica.

   Andrea Montero Gómez, Computer Science and Informatics student, University of Costa Rica.

    Luis Francisco Leandro Jiménez, Computer Science and Informatics student, University of Costa Rica.

VictorCastro

Víctor Castro Gutiérrez

Postgraduate: Doctorate in Biology, York University, England
Tutor: Dr. James W. Moir
Research topic: Microbial adaptation to metaldehyde degradation


Eddie Fonseca

Postgraduate: Masters Degree  in Applied Chromatographic Techniques. University Jaume I, Spain.
Investigation:
Tutor: Dr. Félix Hernández Hernández

Wilson

Wilson Beita-Sandí

Doctorate in Engineering and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University (South Carolina, USA). Candidate for Doctorate.

Research: Study of emerging and classic disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in water, and the control of their formation by the elimination of their precursor compounds through fundamental physicochemical processes.

Tutor : Dr. Tanju Karanfil.


Juan Salvador Ching

Juan Salvador Chin Pampillo

Doctorate in Earth Ecology. CREAF – Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
Research: Environmental benefits of the use of biochar as an amendment in pineapple cultivation in Costa Rica: Physicochemical and biological effects and interaction with agrochemicals.
Tutors:

  • Dr. Josep María Alcañíz (UAB)
  • Dr. Xavier Domene (UAB)
  • Dr. Cristina Chinchilla Soto (CICA-UCR)

 

 
 

Juan Salvador Chin Pampillo

Postgraduate: Doctorate in Earth Ecology. CREAF.Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB).
Tutors: Dr. Josep María Alcañíz (UAB), Dr. Xavier Domene (UAB), Dr. Cristina Chinchilla Soto (CICA-UCR).
Theme: Environmental benefits of the use of biochar as an amendment in pineapple cultivation in Costa Rica: Physicochemical and biological effects and interaction with agrochemicals.


Marta Pérez Villanueva

Postgraduate: Master’s degree in Microbiology. Costa Rica university.
Tutor: Dr. Carlos E. Rodriguez Rodriguez
Topic: Effect of agricultural antibiotics on the performance of bio-purification systems for the degradation of pesticides.


Mario Masís Mora

Postgraduate: Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management. State University at a Distance.
Tutor: Dr. Carlos E. Rodriguez Rodriguez
Subject: Determination of the degradation efficiency of a pesticide biopurification system by multiresidual analysis.


Marvin Molina Rodríguez

Program: Degree in Microbiology and Clinical Chemistry. Costa Rica university.
Tutor: Dr. Carlos E. Rodriguez Rodriguez
Topic: Obtaining a microbial consortium capable of degradation of imidacloprid and other neonicotinoids


Sergio Murillo Zamora

Program: Degree in Microbiology and Clinical Chemistry. Costa Rica university.
Tutor: Dr. Carlos E. Rodriguez Rodriguez.
Subject: Degradation of fungicides of agricultural use by the fungus Trametes versicolor in liquid medium and in bio-increased biomezclas.


Juan Carlos Cambronero Heinrichs

Postgraduate: Master’s degree in Microbiology. Costa Rica university.
Tutor: Dr. Carlos E. Rodriguez Rodriguez.
Topic: Strategies for biological degradation of emerging pollutants in the agricultural sector.


Gabriel Rodríguez Castillo

Postgraduate: Master’s degree in Microbiology. Costa Rica university.
Tutor: Dr. Carlos E. Rodriguez Rodriguez.
Topic: Optimization of the degradation of imidacloprid and other neonicotinoids in bioreactors with a microbial consortium.


Didier Ramírez Morales:

Postgraduate: Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Management. National University.
Tutor: Dr. Carlos E. Rodriguez Rodriguez.
Topic: Monitoring and elimination of emerging pollutants in wastewater of different origin in Costa Rica.

 


Josué Monge Chacón:
Program: Degree in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness with emphasis on Agroenvironment. Costa Rica university.
Reader: Mag. Laura Brenes Alfaro
Subject: Indicators of agricultural sustainability under a participatory approach to pineapple cultivation “Ananas comosus” in the districts of Pital, Venice, Aguas Zarcas and Río Cuarto

Director:

Dr. Carlos Rodríguez Rodríguez
Deputy Director:
Dr. Cristina Chinchilla Soto.
Assigned researcher chosen by the Advisory Board:
 
Representative of the Postgraduates:
Dr. Julio Arias Reverón
 
Representative of the Advisory Board:
M.Sc. Edwin Solórzano Campos.Researchers’ representatives:
M.Sc. Ana Gabriela Pérez.

 

Director:
Dr. Carlos Rodríguez Rodríguez

Deputy Director:
Dr. Cristina Chinchilla Soto.

Representative of the Vice-Rectorate of Research:
M.Sc. Edwin Solórzano Campos

Representative of the postgraduates:
Dr. César Rodríguez Sánchez

Representative of the Scientific Council on the Advisory Board:

Representative of the Scientific Council on the Advisory Board:
M.Sc. Ana Gabriela Pérez Castillo

 

Dr. Manuel Constenla Umaña 1982 – 1984

Dr. Bernardo Chacón Solano (q. e. p. d. )1984 – 1986

Dr. Alexis Rodríguez Ulloa 1986 – 1994

Dra. Elizabeth Carazo Rojas 1994 – 2012

Dr. Manuel Jiménez Díaz 2012 – 2016

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