CICA Personnel

Carlos Rodriguez Rodriguez
Director
Microbiologist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica, and graduate from a master’s degree and a Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. With experience in bioremediation of emerging pollutants and pesticides by using microorganisms. Professor of the Faculty of Microbiology, Universidad de Costa Rica.
carlos.rodriguezrodriguez@ucr.ac.cr

Cristina Chinchilla Soto
DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Agricultural Engineer. Graduate from the Master’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with specialization in Soils from Universidad de Costa Rica, and the Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. With experience in ecophysiology, climate change, and greenhouse gas emissions. Professor of the School of Agriculture at Universidad de Costa Rica.
cristina.chinchilla@ucr.ac.cr

Mario Masís Mora
LABORATORY AND RESEARCH CO-COORDINATOR
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica. Graduate from the Master's degree in Natural Resources Management with specialization in Environmental Management from Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED). With experience in the analysis of pesticide residues and other environmental pollutants in different matrices.
plaguicidas.cica@ucr.ac.cr alberto.masis@ucr.ac.cr
Greivin Pérez Rojas
LABORATORY CO-COORDINATOR AND RESEARCHER
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica, with a master’s degree in Environmental Management and Audits with specialization in Waste Management from Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana. With knowledge and experience in the analysis of pesticide residues and organic compounds in different environmental matrices and food, determined through gas chromatography. In addition, he has experience in national and international pesticide regulation as well as knowledge in environment and food risk assessment focused on pesticides.
greivin.perezr@ucr.ac.cr plaguicidas.cica@ucr.ac.cr
Jessie Matarrita Rodríguez
LABORATORY OFFICER
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica. With experience in the analysis of pesticide residues and other environmental pollutants in different matrices by gas chromatography.
jessie.matarrita@ucr.ac.cr
Susana Briceño Guevara
SUBSTITUTE OFFICER OF THE LABORATORY AND RESEARCHER
Chemist. Graduate from the Master's degree in Health Program Management in Food Safety from the University for International Cooperation. With experience in the processing and analysis of pesticide residues, organic pollutants, marine toxins in environmental matrices, food, polymers, among others.
susana.bricenoguevara@ucr.ac.cr
Ericka Fernández Fernández
ANALYST AND RESEARCHER
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica and student of the Master of Chemistry from the same university. With experience in biological tests and analysis of pesticide residues and environmental pollutants in different matrices. Internal chief chemist at CICA and collaborator in the quality management under the INTE-ISO / IEC 17025 Standard. Professor of the School of Chemistry, Universidad de Costa Rica.
ericka.fernadezfernandez@ucr.ac.cr
Daniela Fajardo Romero
ANALYST AND RESEARCHER
Chemical Engineer. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica. Student of the Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the same university. With experience in the processing of samples by following the guidelines of the INTE-ISO / IEC 17025 Standard, for the analysis of pesticide residues and environmental pollutants in different matrices, and knowledge in advanced oxidation processes and acute aquatic toxicity tests in individual compounds and binary mixtures.
daniela.fajardo@ucr.ac.cr

 


Laboratory Assistants

Isabella Varela Mora Chemical Engineering student
Carolina Gillot Murillo Chemical Engineering student
Jennifer Vanessa Sandí Flores Pharmacy student
Irene Espinoza Marín Chemistry student

Washing Unit

Diana Carvajal Mora Chemistry student
Kennder Alonso Rivera Parra Chemistry student
Yeimi Elizabeth Torres Sequeira Agriculture and Biosystem Engineering student
Valeria Sánchez Varela Chemical Engineering student
Abel Mora Machado Chemistry student
Andrea Quiros Cordero Chemical Engineering student

Johan Molina Delgado
LABORATORY COORDINATOR
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica. With experience in the physicochemical analysis of samples of potable water and wastewater, with a specialization in Analysis of Heavy Metals.
aguas.cica@ucr.ac.cr johan.molina@ucr.ac.cr
Víctor Arias Mora
LABORATORY OFFICER
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica. With experience in the physicochemical analysis of samples of potable water and wastewater.
victor.arias@ucr.ac.cr
Jochebeth Godínez
ANALYST
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica. With experience in the physicochemical analysis of samples of potable water and wastewater.
jomarlene07@hotmail.com
Wilson Beita-Sandi
RESEARCHER
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica. A master’s and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering and Environmental Sciences from Clemson University, South Carolina (USA). With more than ten years of experience in the physicochemical analysis of water. Beita-Sandí's research interests cover fundamental physicochemical processes and applications in water treatment, particularly the formation and control of classic and emerging disinfection by-products (DBPs) and the elimination of its precursor compounds.
wilson.beita@ucr.ac.cr
Didier Ramírez Morales
RESEARCHER
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica and student of the Master in Environmental Studies and Environmental Management from Universidad Nacional. With experience in the physicochemical analysis of samples of potable water and wastewater as well as ecotoxicological analysis. Professor of the School of Chemistry, Universidad de Costa Rica.
didier.ramirez@ucr.ac.cr


Asistentes:

Kennder Rivera Parra Chemistry student
Alberto Hamer Salazar Rodríguez Chemical Engineering student
Alejandra Corrales Serrano Biosystems student
Joshua Andrés Medrano Zeledón Chemical Engineering student
JoseAndrés Ramirez Quesada Chemistry student
Haranxa Jimenez Mora Chemistry student

Carlos Rodríguez Rodríguez
LABORATORY COORDINATOR
Microbiologist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica, and graduate from a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. With experience in bioremediation of emerging pollutants and pesticides by using microorganisms. Professor of the Faculty of Microbiology at Universidad de Costa Rica.
carlos.rodriguezrodriguez@ucr.ac.cr
Annette Vaglio Garro
ANALYST-RESEARCHER
Biotechnology Engineer. Graduate from Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica with a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with a specialization in Genomics from Universidad de Costa Rica. With experience in isolation and fermentation of pigmented microorganisms from soil samples, molecular biology techniques, cell culture, and tropical mosquito handling. Professor of biochemistry for the Degree in Medicine at Universidad de Ciencias Médicas. 
annette.vaglio@ucr.ac.cr


Asistentes

José Rolando Montiel Mora Environmental Health student
Adriana López Li Microbiology student
Gabriel Acuña Espinola Microbiology student
Ariel Loaiza Velázquez Chemical Engineering student

Ana Gabriela Pérez Castillo
LABORATORY COORDINATOR.
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica with a master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry. She develops research related to climate change, the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon capture, both by conventional and isotopic methods. Expert in the analysis by gas chromatography and cavity ring-down spectrometry. Professor of the School of Agriculture, Universidad de Costa Rica. She teaches courses for cleaner production and eco-competitiveness and participates in the course Quality and Standardization of the Agrifood Industry.
aire.cica@ucr.ac.cr ana.perezcastillo@ucr.ac.cr
Mayela María Monge Muñoz
LABORATORY OFFICER
Agricultural Engineer. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica. With experience in certification norms, technical assistance as well as training for coffee producers, and valuation of agricultural immovable property. Greenhouse gas emissions researcher and professor at the School of Agriculture, Universidad de Costa Rica.
mayela.monge@ucr.ac.cr


Asistentes

Verónica Víquez Vargas Meteorology student
Roberto Clemente Aguirre Elizondo Student of the Master in Agricultural Sciences
Weynner Giraldo Sanclemente Agricultural Engineering student

Carlos Rodríguez Rodríguez
LABORATORY COORDINATOR
Microbiologist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica, and graduate from a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. With experience in bioremediation of emerging pollutants and pesticides by using microorganisms. Professor of the Faculty of Microbiology, Universidad de Costa Rica.
carlos.rodriguezrodriguez@ucr.ac.cr ecotoxicologia.cica@ucr.ac.cr
Michael Méndez Rivera
LABORATORY OFFICER
Biologist. Graduate from Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA). With a licentiate degree in Biology with a specialization in Management of Natural Resources and a master’s degree in Tropical Ecotoxicology. With experience in essays and investigations on ecotoxicology, as well as studies on the biology of vertebrates. Professor of the School of Biology at Universidad de Costa Rica and Universidad Nacional.
michael.mendezrivera@ucr.ac.cr
Didier Ramírez Morales
RESEARCHER
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica and student of the master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Environmental Management from Universidad Nacional. With experience in physicochemical analysis from samples of potable water and wastewater as well as ecotoxicological analysis. Professor of the School of Chemistry, Universidad de Costa Rica.
didier.ramirez@ucr.ac.cr
David Stevens Espinoza Villalobos
ANALYST
Graduate in Environmental Health. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica. With a master’s degree in Analysis, Conservation and Restauration of the Physical and Biotic Components of the Habitats with a specialization in Ecotoxicology from Universidad de Jaén, Andalucía (Spain). With experience in the realization and standardization of bioassays for the analysis of substances and climate change.
david.espinozavillalobos@ucr.ac.cr


Asistentes

José Rolando Montiel Mora Environmental Health student
Michelle Lizano Brenes Biology student
Josué Ignacio Jiménez Vargas Agriculture and Biosystem Engineering student
María Angélica Zamora Espinoza Agriculture and Biosystem Engineering student

Marta Pérez Villanueva
LABORATORY COORDINATOR.
Microbiologist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica. Student of the Master´s degree in Microbiology. With experience in studies of environmental behavior and degradation of pollutants using radiotracers and studies with microbial populations with bioremediation potential.
Cristina Chinchilla Soto
RESEARCHER
Agricultural Engineer. Graduate with a master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with specialization in Soils from Universidad de Costa Rica, and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences from the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. With experience in ecophysiology, climate change, and greenhouse gas emissions. Professor of the School of Agriculture, Universidad de Costa Rica.
cristina.chinchilla@ucr.ac.cr
Didier Ramírez Morales
RESEARCHER
Chemist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica and student of the Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Environmental Management from Universidad Nacional. With experience in the physicochemical analysis of samples of potable water and wastewater as well as ecotoxicological analysis. Professor of the School of Chemistry, Universidad de Costa Rica.
didier.ramirez@ucr.ac.cr


Asistentes

José Gabriel Arias Céspedes Agricultural Engineering student
Teresita Mora Dittel Chemistry student
Diego Araya Solano Microbiology student
María Laura Quesada Bermudez Chemistry student
Allan David Marín Guzmán Agricultural Engineering student

Laura Brenes Alfaro
SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL UNIT COORDINATOR
Sociologist. Graduate from Universidad de Costa Rica with a master’s degree in Assessment of Projects and Programs of Development. With technical experience in the development of social research processes. Facilitator of diverse training programs and programs for the implementation of communication processes.
lauramaria.brenes@ucr.ac.cr


Asistentes

Dayana Vega Méndez Geography student
Alfredo Meneses Garzona Agricultural Economics student
Katherine Urbina Téllez Environmental Health and Geography student
Cristofer David Picado Hernández Estudiante de Enseñanza del Inglés

Kattia Angulo Hernández
QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER
calidad.cica@ucr.ac.cr
Ericka Fernández Fernández
QUALITY ASSURANCE OFFICER
ericka.fernandezfernandez@ucr.ac.cr

Asistentes

Joshua Andrés Medrano Zeledón Chemical Engineering student

M.B.A. Jeremy Díaz Zuñiga
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
jeremy.diaz@ucr.ac.cr
Licentiate Melissa Jiménez Mora
RESEARCH ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
investigacion.cica@ucr.ac.cr
B. Melissa Garita Solano
DIRECTORATE SECRETARY
secretariadireccion.cica@ucr.ac.cr
Licentiate Shirley Picado Solís
BUYER AND INVENTORY OFFICER
compras.cica@ucr.ac.cr
Charlyn Vega Chavarría
CUSTOMER SERVICE AND EXTERNAL LINKAGES OFFICER
servicioalcliente.cica@ucr.ac.cr
Engineer Melvin Alpízar Marín
RESEARCHER AND SAMPLING COORDINATOR
melvin.alpizar@ucr.ac.cr
Giovanni Mora Castro
SAMPLING OFFICER
giovanni.mora@ucr.ac.cr
Adler Moisés Rodríguez Fallas
DECENTRALIZED IT RESOURCE MANAGER
computo.cica@ucr.ac.cr

Asistentes

Royner Manuel Orozco Miranda Archival Science student
José Armando Rodríguez Monge Public Administration student
Jose Aurelio Sequeira Computer Science student

Víctor Castro Gutiérrez
PROGRAM: PH.D. IN BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF YORK
Research Subject: Microbial Adaptation to Metaldehyde Degradation Tutor: James W. Moir, Ph.D.
Eddie Fonseca Rubí
PROGRAM: MASTER’S DEGREE AND DOCTORATE DEGREE IN APPLIED CHROMATOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES, UNIVERSIDAD JAUME I, SPAIN.
Masters Research Subject: Estimate of a Population's Abused Drugs Consumption Through the Analysis of Wastewaters. Doctorate Research Subject: LC-MS Applications in the Field of Environmental Pollution with Specialization in Pesticides, Antibiotics, and Their Transformation Products. Tutor: Félix Hernández Hernández, Ph.D.
Juan Salvador Chin Pampillo
PROGRAM: PH.D. IN TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY. CREAF-UNIVERSITAT AUTÒNOMA DE BARCELONA (UAB).
Research Subject: Environmental Benefits of the Use of Biochar as a Way to Correct Pineapple Crop Damages in Costa Rica: Physicochemical and Biological Effects and Interaction with Agrochemicals. Tutors: Joseph María Alcañíz, Ph.D. (UAB); Xavier Domene, Ph.D. (UAB); and Cristina Chinchilla Soto, Ph.D. (CICA-UCR)
Verónica Lizano Fallas
Postgraduate: Doctorate in Environmental Proteomics, Faculty of Medicine, Linköping University, Sweden.
Research subject: "Ecotoxicoproteomics: new generation methodology for environmental evaluation". Tutor: Dr. Susana Cristóbal.
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Juan Salvador Chin Pampillo

Tutors: Joseph María Alcañíz, Ph.D. (UAB); Xavier Domene, Ph.D. (UAB); and Cristina Chinchilla Soto, Ph.D. (CICA-UCR).
Research Subject: Environmental Benefits of the Use of Biochar as a Way to Correct Pineapple Crop Damages in Costa Rica: Physicochemical and Biological Effects and Interaction with Agrochemicals.


Marta Pérez Villanueva
Program: Master’s degree in Microbiology. Universidad de Costa Rica.
Tutor: Carlos E. Rodríguez Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Research Subject: Effect of Antibiotics for Agricultural Use on the Performance of Biopurification Systems for the Degradation of Pesticides.


Mario Masís Mora
Program: Master’s degree in Management of Environmental Resources. Universidad Estatal a Distancia.
Tutor: Dr. Carlos E. Rodríguez Rodríguez.

Research Subject: Identification of the Degradation Efficiency of a Pesticides Biopurification System Through Multiresidue Analysis.


Juan Carlos Cambronero Heinrichs

Postgrado: Maestría en Microbiología. Universidad de Costa Rica.

Tutor: Dr. Carlos E. Rodríguez Rodríguez.

Tema: Estrategias de degradación biológica de contaminantes emergentes en el sector agropecuario.


Gabriel Rodríguez Castillo
Program: Master’s in Microbiology. Universidad de Costa Rica.
Tutor: Carlos E. Rodríguez Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Research Subject: Identification of the Degradation Efficiency of a Pesticides Biopurification System Through Multiresidue Analysis.


Didier Ramírez Morales

Program: Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Environmental Management from Universidad Nacional.

Tutor: Carlos E. Rodríguez Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Research Subject: Monitoring and Elimination of Emerging Pollutants in Wastewaters of Different Origin in Costa Rica.


Adler Moisés Rodríguez Fallas

Program: Licentiate degree in Microbiology and Clinical Chemistry.

Tutor: Licentiate Marta Pérez Villanueva

Research Subject: Effects of Biochar in Microbial Population and Microbial Activity in Soils Dedicated to Pineapple Production.


Alfredo Meneses Garzona

Program: Licentiate degree in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness with Specialization in Agricultural Environment.

Thesis Reader: Master Laura Brenes Alfaro

Research Subject: Economic, Environmental, and Social Analysis of the Implementation and Management of Pesticides Biopurification Systems (Biobeds) in Coffee Crops in Naranjo and Palmares, Alajuela.


Weynner Giraldo Sanclemente

Program: Licentiate Degree in Agricultural Engineering with Specialization in Plant Breeding.

Tutor: Ana Gabriela Pérez Castillo, M.Sc.

Topic: Effect of Nitrogen Fertilization Management on Rice Under Reduced and Subsoiled Tillage on GHG Emissions.


Rebeca Tormo Budowski

Program: Licentiate Degree in Chemical Engineering

Tutor: Carlos E. Rodríguez Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Research Subject: Evaluation of the Configuration of two Reactors in the Removal of Drugs and Antibiotics from Contaminated Water Using Bioaugmentation with Trametes versicolor.


José Rolando Montiel Mora

Program: Licentiate Degree in Environmental Health.

Tutor: Carlos E. Rodríguez Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Research Subject: Determination of the Ecotoxicity of Selected Emerging Pollutants and Contaminated Effluents Through the Application of Bioassays.


Fernando Oviedo Matamoros

Program: Licentiate degree in Biosystem Engineering

Tutor: Carlos E. Rodríguez Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Research Subject: Design and Optimization of a Biomix for the Elimination of Pesticides Used in Coffee Production


Roberto Aguirre Elizondo

Program: Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with a specialization in Soils.

Tutor: Cristina Chinchilla, Ph.D.

Research Subject: Carbon in Soil and Soil Quality.


Gabriel Arias Céspedes

Program: Licentiate degree in Agronomy.

Tutor: Cristina Chinchilla, Ph.D.

Research Subject: Use of the Model AquaCrop as a Tool to Assess the Efficiency of Water Use in Two Varieties of Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris var Nambí and Matambú) with Irrigation and Terminal Drought at the Agricultural and Experimental Station Fabio Baudrit Moreno, Alajuela.

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