Isabel Franco Castillo

IsabelPosition: doctoral researcher

Group Member Since: 2017

Nationality: Spanish


Research Interests: Microbiology, Nanoparticles, Cultural Heritage, Polyoxometalates, Ionic Liquids.



I completed a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and a Master in Molecular & Cellular Biology at University of Zaragoza. Then I did an internship in the Corporate Innovation Area of B/S/H/ Home Appliances Group, where I came into contact with the Institute where I work now, the Aragón Nanoscience and Materials Institute (INMA). In this institute I’m searching for new antimicrobial compounds to prevent biodeterioration in cultural heritage objects.

One of the things I enjoy the most is combining science with creative and outreach activities. In the last years I have been developing this new challenge with different activities, from creating art with microbes, to scientific illustration. The last outreach project I’ve been working on is Bacterfield, a board game based on microbiology. This new project has been developed with the financing of the Fundación General CSIC in collaboration with my co-worker Elena Atrián. Our aim with this game is to bring the microbial world near to any kind of audience as it is not necessary to have previous knowledge about microbiology to play, is the game the one that guide you with its dynamics.

Hobbies: In my spare time I enjoy knitting, dancing, and going out with my friends.