Our Team

Domingo Gargallo-Viola


PhD Microbiology and Parasitology

Domingo has over 30 years expertise in the discovery and development of anti-infective drugs. Before joining Ferrer in 2008 as Infectious Diseases Manager and Head of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Safety Pharmacology, he was Director of Drug Discovery Biology at GSK. Whilst at GSK, he led several projects which led to the discovery of first-in-class candidate drugs. Prior to joining GSK, he was at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Dept of Defense, Maryland USA. He is the author of over 70 peer reviewed articles in international journals; book chapters; and patent applications. Management Development Program from IE Business School (Madrid) and from IESE Business School (University of Navarra, Spain).

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Soraya Ortiz

Head of Microbiology & Cell Biology

Degree in Biology, MSc

After obtaining a Degree in Biology from the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (UPC) in 2008, Soraya started working in different laboratories focusing on the pharmaceutical industry, showing excellent skills in processes related to the development of new drugs at the preclinical level. In 2009 she began working at Ferrer Internacional, a multinational environment that has given her a global perspective of business, ease of adaptation to new environments and circumstances and has allowed her to consolidate a solid professional career in the world of drug R&D. Academic training in this sector includes a postgraduate in Animal Tissue and Cell Culture and a Master in Science: Clinical Analysis Laboratory gained in UPF. She also has gained a Cat. C FELASA in use of animals for experimentation and other scientific ends.

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Catalina Chahuan

Laboratory Head

Degree in Biochemistry, MSc

Catalina obtained a Degree in Biochemistry from Andrés Bello University (Chile) in 2009. She worked as Researcher in Molecular Microbiology at Andres Bello University laboratories (Chile) (2008-2010) where she studies the regulation mechanism of Salmonella thyphimurium under oxidative stress conditions. During this period, she participated as speaker in several congresses and published two scientific papers. After moving to Barcelona, she worked at Aigües de Barcelona, AGBAR (2012-2014) as Researcher in Microbiology, responsible for certifying the quality and safety of drinking water before she joined ABAC Therapeutics in 2015.  Academic training in this sector includes a Master in Biochemistry 2011 gained at Andrés Bello University (Chile) and a Master in Advanced Microbiology 2012 gained at Barcelona University (UB).

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Marina Raba

Research Scientist

Degree in Biology, MSc

Marina obtained a Degree in Biology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 2012. As part of her training those years, she worked in a private laboratory in Barcelona performing detection of Legionella spp in drinking water and moved to Madrid to work at the laboratories of different hospitals (Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Hospital 12 de Octubre, etc.).  Between 2015 and until she joined ABAC in 2021 she worked in the Clinical Analysis Laboratories in Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz in Madrid, in departments such as molecular biology, microbiology, flow cytometry, immunology or emergencies, where she acquired a broad vision of hospital work, and the importance of rigor at the time of work for a rapid and rigorous issuance of results.  Academic training in this sector includes a Master in Human Biology (2013) gained at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and she has also participated in several courses on Human Medicine, Biology and Human Genetics.

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Francisco Cabello

Head of External Partnerships, and Preclinical Project Manager

Degree in Veterinary Medicine, MSc

Francisco obtained a Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Cordoba in 1997 and after several years working in veterinary practice and public health in Spain and UK, in 2008 he started to work in the discovery and preclinical development of new drugs, working both at the University level (UAB: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) as in Pharmaceutical companies (Ferrer Internacional and ASCIL Biopharm) prior to joining ABAC Therapeutics. Academic training in this sector includes an ECLAM residency (European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine) and a Master in Science: Cat. D FELASA Laboratory Animal Welfare and Science both gained at UAB.  He has attended over 60 scientific courses and congresses, being involved in the organization of five teaching and training activities.

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Linda Chiappalupi

Marie-Sklowdoska Curie PhD fellow

Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, MSc

Linda graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Universita’ degli Studi di Perugia, in 2007. After that she was enrolled as internship student at the Istituto Superiore di Sanita` where she worked on HPV recombinant antibodies at the Department of Virology Immunology Parasitic and Infectious Diseases (ISS, Rome, Italy). In 2008-2009 she joined the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research (San Diego, CA, USA) where she worked as medical research collaborator carrying out anticancer drugs association studies by high throughput screening technology. In 2018 she enrolled in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies MSc at the Universita’ degli Studi di Perugia (Italy). During her studies she took part in a research exchange program at the BMC (Biomedicinsk Centrum), Dept. of Biochemistry, Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden) and obtained her degree in 2020.  In 2021 Linda obtained a PhD position as a Marie-Sklowdoska Curie fellow within the “INNOTARGETS” project in ABAC Therapeutics.

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