Julia Maldonado-Valderrama holds a tenure-track position (Ramon y Cajal Fellow) at the University of Granada since 2013. She got her PhD in 2006 (UGR) on interfacial properties of proteins and surfactants and implications in food colloids, receiving maximum qualification and distinction of European doctorate. As a PhD student, she worked at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Germany) and at the Laboratorie de Physique des Solides, (France). From 2006-2010 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Food Research, Norwich, the UK where she worked on physicochemical aspects of food digestion and Atomic Force Microscopy imaging of interfaces. In 2010 she gained a Juan de la Cierva Fellowship at the UGR and since December 2013 she holds a tenure-track position at the UGR as Ramón Y Cajal Fellow. She has three children born in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
He research interests are in three main lines: a) In vitro digestion of colloidal systems; where she has studied the impact of protein structure on digestibility, physiochemical aspects underlying lipolysis and development of new strategies for oral drug delivery systems. b) Surface characterization of lipidic systems, where she has addressed surface aspects of DNA and lipid interactions (lipoplex) and model biomembranes. c) Biomedical nanosystems; in this line, Julia has focused on surface properties of thermoresponsive microgels and the use of foams as novel drug delivery systems. These research projects are carried out within actions in collaboration with industry and Regional Health Service (SAS). Finally, Julia participates in research actions, divulgation and external courses devoted to Science and Cooking in collaboration with chefs and international scientists.
Julia teaches Biophysics in the Degree in Biochemistry and Applied Physics in the Degree in Food Science and Technology. She also teaches Colloids and interfaces at postgraduate level in the University Master in Physics: Radiations, Nanotechnology, Particles and Astrophysics (UGR). She has supervised three PhD Thesis obtaining maximum qualification, and 3 master students. Julia is part of the international advisory board of international conferences: Bubble and Drop Interfaces and EUFOAM, and has participated in PhD/master/degree committees. She also serves as a reviewer for top journals indexed in JCR and research foundations (Spain and Argentina).