Marta Aguirre Doctoral Dissertations

Martha Aguirre, PhD, Oversees Ovation Fertility™ IVF Lab with Exacting Standards

Dr. Martha Aguirre was born and raised in Colombia. She earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from the Universidad De Los Andes in Bogota. Dr. Aguirre then moved to Minnesota, where she earned both her master’s degree in science and PhD in reproductive physiology with an emphasis in cryobiology from the University of Minnesota.

In addition to impressive academic credentials, Dr. Aguirre is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis as a high complexity laboratory director and as a clinical consultant. She is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks, the American Association for Reproductive Medicine and the American Board of Bioanalysis. For the last decade, Dr. Aguirre has also been an inspector for the College of American Pathologists.

Experience Contributes to Successful IVF Outcomes

Dr. Aguirre has decades of experience establishing IVF labs and working as a laboratory director in IVF labs across the country. She also has performed several clinical studies that have contributed to groundbreaking developments in human reproduction. Dr. Aguirre has co-authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles in various journals, including Cryobiology International Journal, Fertility and Sterility, and Theriogenology.

As the Ovation Fertility™ Las Vegas laboratory director, Dr. Aguirre oversees all laboratory operations. This includes the andrology, clinical, cord blood bank, embryology and genetics laboratories. She also holds all laboratory accreditations from CAP, CLIA, FDA and the State of Nevada.

Dr. Aguirre is devoted to her life’s work and commits to ensure that infertility patients benefit from the best that reproductive medicine has to offer.

The data shows the name of the student, his or her group at IBEC, the title of the PhD thesis and the awarding body (in brackets).

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Riccardo Levato
Biomaterials for regenerative therapies
Injectable biodegradable carriers for the delivery of therapeutic agents and tissue engineering(UPC)
Marta Sanmartí-Espinal
Study of natural nanovesicles carrying olfactory receptors for the development of biosensing platforms (UB)
Cristina Vergara
Molecular and cellular neurobiotechnology
Papel regulador de la proteína priónica celular en la enfermedad de Alzheimer y uso de gamma-péptidos como potenciales agentes terapéuticos (UB)
Juan Pablo Agusil
Fabrication of (bio)molecular patterns with contact printing techniques (UB)
Teresa Galán
Conducting Polymers for Nano and Micro Electrodes. Application to Biomolecule Sensing and Release (UB)
Carlos Ruiz
Biomechanics and mechanobiology
A computational study of intervertebral disc degeneration in relation to changes in regional tissue composition and disc nutrition (UPC)
Erola Pairo
Signal and information processing for sensing systems
Detection of transcription factor binding sites by multivariate signal processing (UB)
Ana Guaman
Signal and information processing for sensing systems
Multivariate Signal Processing for Quantitative and Qualitative analysis of Ion
Mobility Spectrometry applied to Biomedical and Food Applications (UB)
Andrés Arcentales Viteri
Biomedical Signal Processing and Interpretation
Análisis de la interacción cardíaca y respiratoria en pacientes con cardiomiopatía y pacientes en proceso de extubación (UPC)
Rosa Letizia Zaffino
Development of a nano-sensor for the direct electrical free-label detection of
DNA’s hybridisation and single nucleotide polymorphism (UB)
Lorena De Oñate
Pluripotent Stem Cells and Activation of Endogenous Tissue Programs for Organ Regeneration
Research on cardiac differentiation from human pluripotent stem cells: how to get beating cells in a dish (UPF)
Ernest Moles
Nanomalaria joint unit
Development of polyvalent erythrocyteand parasitized erythrocyte-targeted
nanovectors as novel site-specific drug delivery approaches for Plasmodium falciparum malaria chemotherapy (UB)
Maria Joana Azevedo Silva Marques
Nanomalaria joint unit
Exploration of sulfated polysaccharides as antimalarials and as targeting molecules for nanovector-mediated drug delivery to Plasmodium-infected cells (UB)
Aitor Sánchez
Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies
Biomimetic hydrogels for in situ bone tissue engineering. Nature-inspired crosslinking methods as a tool to tune scaffold physical properties (UPC)


Sara Nocentini
Molecular and cellular neurobiotechnology
Potential of genetically modified ensheathing cells for regeneration after spinal cord injury (UB)
Tiziano Serra
Biomaterials for regenerative therapies
Development of 3D-printed biodegradable composite scaffolds for tissue engineering applications (UPC)
Mercè Izquierdo    
Nanoprobes and Nanoswitches
Photoswitchable glutamate receptors to control neurotransmission with light (UB)
Ana Mª Oliva 

Estudio de los procesos celulares inducidos por campos eléctricos en sistemas de Lab-on-a-chip (UB)
Nadège Sachot 

Biomaterials for regenerative therapies
Design of Hybrid Fibers for Bone Tissue Engineering (UPC)
Zaida Álvarez 

Biomaterials for regenerative therapies
Lactate-Releasing PLA scaffolds for brain regeneration (UPC)
Marilia Barreiros Dos Santos
Development of a multi-electrode impedimetric biosensor: detection of pathogenic bacteria and mycotoxins (UB)
Laura Casares 

Integrative cell and tissue dynamics
Epithelial dynamics on soft hydrogels in response to stretch (UB)
Andrés Martín 

Nanoprobes and Nanoswitches
Desarrollo de péptidos fotoconmutables para el control de la actividad celular (UB)
Antonio Bautista
Nanoprobes and Nanoswitches
Design and Synthesis of Photoswitchable Molecules for Biological Applications (URV)
Daniel Esteban 

Nanoscale bioelectrical characterization/ Microbial biotechnology and host-pathogen interaction
Electric polarization properties of single bacteria measured with electrostatic force microscopy. Theoretical and practical studies of Dielectric constant of single bacteria and smaller elements (UB)
César Parra 

Microfluidic devices with integrated biosensors for biomedical applications (UB)


Patricia Urbán
Development of nanovectors for the targeted drug delivery of antimalarials (UB)
Joana Mesquita
Biomedical signal processing and interpretation
Snoring and arousals in full-night polysomnographic studies from Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Syndrome patients (UPC)
Xavier Serra
Integrative cell and tissue dynamics
Physical forces and mechanical waves during tissue growth (UPC)
Victor Pomareda
Signal and Information Processing for Sensing Systems
Signal processing approaches to the detection and localization of gas chemical sources using partially selective sensors (UB)
Sergio Martínez
Desarrollo de una nueva tecnología para el ensamblaje selectivo de una monocapa ordenada de ADN:MCH por pulsos eléctricos; aplicación a sensores de ADN (UB)
Arlyng González
Biomaterials for regenerative therapies
Implicaciones del Calcio Extracelular y su Receptor en Membrana (CaSR) en la Angiogénesis y la Osteogénesis. Relevancia en Ingeniería Tisular (UPC)
Luis Amigo
Estudio de Fuerzas de Interacción para Minimización de Esfuerzos en Rehabilitación Robotizada (UPC)
Leonardo Sarlabous
Biomedical signal processing and interpretation
Evaluación no invasiva de la actividad de los músculos respiratorios mediante el análisis de señales Mecanomiográficas en pacientes con EPOC (UPC)
Bogachan Tahirbegi
Electrochemical multi-sensors for biomedical applications (UB)
Mar Cendra
Bacterial Infections: antimicrobial therapies
Estudi de l’expressió i funció de les Ribonucleotidil Reductases d’Escherichia coli (UB)
Patricia Carulla
Molecular and cellular neurobiotechnology
La proteína priónica celular: Análisis de su función neuroprotectora y reguladora del ciclo celular (UB)


Ramiro González
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Biomechanical study of intervertebral disc degeneration (UPC)
Andy Olivares
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Evaluación computacional en andamios por prototipado rápido para la ingeniería de tejidos (UPC)
Adriana Sánchez-Danés
Control of Stem Cell Potency
Generation of human dopaminergic neurons from induced pluripotent stem cells to model Parkinson’s disease (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Nuno Coelho
Molecular Dynamics at Cell-Biomaterial Interface
Dynamic Behavior of Type IV Collagen at Cell- Biomaterials Interface (UPC)
Georg Gramse
Nanoscale bioelectrical characterization
Studying Electrostatic Polarization Forces at the Nanoscale: Dielectric constant of supported biomembranes measured in air and liquid environment (UB)
Gemma Mestres
Associated group (UPC)
Novel phosphate-based cements for clinical applications (UPC)
Óscar Seira
Molecular and Cellular Neurobiotechnology
Estudio de las vías de señalización intracelular asociadas a las proteínas inhibitorias asociadas a la mielina (UB)
Sergi Udina
Artificial Olfaction
Smart Chemical Sensors: Concepts and application (UB)
Laura Pedró
Microbial biotechnology and host-pathogen interaction
Caracterització de Paràlegs de la proteïna associada al nucleoide Hha: les proteïnes YdgT, HolE i YmgB (UB)
Jordi Comelles
Biochemical gradients on Poly(methyl methacrylate) surfaces (UB)
Jose Marco Balleza
Associated group (UPC)
Monitorización del patrón ventilatorio mediante tomografia por impedacia eléctrica en pacientes
con enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crònica
Andrea Malandrino
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Multi-scale biomechanical study of transport phenomena in the intervertebral disc (UPC)
Lorena Diéguez
Optical grating coupler biosensor and biomedical applications (UB)
Ester Añón
Integrative Cell and Tissue Dynamics
Mechanisms of migration in epithelial gap closure (Université Paris Descartes)
Marta Mattotti
Biomaterials for regenerative therapies
Biological response to structured and functionalized substrates for nerve tissue regeneration (UPC/UB)
Sabine Oberhansl
Construction of versatile biomolecule nano-platforms via Dip-pen Nanolithography and their application in biosensing and cell differentiation (UB)
Juan Manuel Artés
Nanoprobes and nanoswitches
Electrochemical Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy of the Redox Protein Azurin (UB)
Lorena Redondo
Nanoprobes and nanoswitches
Stability of lipid bilayers as model membranes: atomic force microscopy and spectroscopy approach (UB)
Mário Hüttener
Microbial biotechnology and host-pathogen interaction
Estudio de sistemas evolutivamente conservados de regulación coordinada de la expresión génica en bacterias (UB)
Aurora Dols-Pérez
Nanoscale bioelectrical characterization
Nanoscale structural and mechanical properties of lipid bilayers in air environment (UB)
Óscar Castillo
Analysis and characterisation of biological samples in nano and microfluidic devices using AC and DC electric fields (UB)


Thomas S. van Zanten
Single Molecule Bionanophotonics
Nanoscale mosaics on the cell membrane: mapping organization and function with near-field nanoscopy
Ruth Díez Ahedo
Single Molecule Bionanophotonics
Biofunctional micropatterned surfaces to study, manipulate and control spatio-temporal organisation of cell membrane receptors in living cells (UB)
Maruxa Estévez Fernández
Mechanotransduction mechanisms induced by microstructured polymer substrates> effect on cell morphology and migration (UB)
Ling Wang
Microchannel enhanced neuron-computer interface: design, fabrication, biophysics of signal generation, signal strength optimization, and its applications to ion-channel screening and basic neuroscience research (UPC)
Johan Mikael Gustavsson
Bio/Non-Bio Interactions for Regenerative Medicine
Sensors for in vitro Bone Tissue Engineering Applications (UPC)
Kay Eckelt
Nanoprobes and Nanoswitches
Multi-approach analysis for identification and functional characterization of eye regeneration related genes of Schmidtea mediterranea (UB)
Angeles Ivón Rodríguez Villarreal
Microfluidic device for blood plasma separation and magnetic cell manipulation (UB)
Eduard Vergés
Associated Group – Informàtica Gràfica
Modeling, analysis and visualization of porous biomaterials (UPC)


Mathias Kuphal
A new platform for polymer-based biosensing. Fabrication technologies for an electrochemical biosensor (UB)
Martin Andreas Koch
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Development of in vitro and in vivo Bioreactors for Bone Tissue Engineering (UPC)
Eduard Sleep Ronquillo
Control of Stem Cell Potency
Molecular and cellular mechanisms of heart regeneration in zebrafish (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
Edgar Benjamín Montúfar Jiménez
Associated Group – Biomaterials, Implants i Enginyeria de Teixits
Espumas inyectables de hidroxiapatita obtenidas por el método de espumado de la fase líquida de un cemento de fosfato tricálcico alfa (UPC)
Clara Inés Sandino Velásquez
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Simulation of mechanoregulation and tissue differentiation in calcium phosphate scaffolds for tissue engineering (UPC)
Christian Morgenstern De Müller
Biomedical Signal Processing and Interpretation
Invasive and non-invasive assessment of upper airway obstruction and respiratory effort with nasal airflow and esophageal pressure analysis during sleep (UPC)
Aitor Aguirre Cano
Bio/Non-Bio Interactions for Regenerative Medicine
Principles of Vascularization in Tissue Engineering using Endothelial Progenitors and Bioactive Composite Biomaterials (UPC)
Ainara Garde Martínez
Biomedical Signal Processing and Interpretation
Breathing pattern characterization in patients with respiratory and cardiac failure (UPC)



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