• Dr. Pablo Leivar Rico

Dr. Pablo Leivar
Vice Dean of Academic Organization
Biochemistry Laboratory
Microalgae Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology Unit
Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology Group (GQBB)
Bioengineering Department
IQS School of Engineering
Universitat Ramon Llull
Via Augusta 390, E-08017 Barcelona, Spain
Tel. +34 93 267 20 00
Fax +34 93 205 62 66
ResearcherID: D-7808-2017
ORCID: 0000-0003-4878-3684


B.S. in Biochemistry (Universitat de Barcelona, 1998)
PhD in Biochemistry (Universitat de Barcelona, 2003)

Postdoctoral Fellow (University of California-Berkeley, 2004-2009)
Career Track Fellow (Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, 2010-2014)
Assistant Professor (IQS, 2014 - 2020)
Associate Professor (IQS, 2020 -)
Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in Biotechnology (IQS, 2017 - 2023)
Vice Dean of Academic Organization (2023 - )

More information: https://planaslab.iqs.edu/people/pablo-leivar/


Recombinant DNA Technology (Degree in Biotechnology)
Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics (Degree in Biotechnology)
Plant Biotechnology (Degree in Biotechnology)
Interdisciplinary Seminars (Degree in Biotechnology)

Laboratory of Genetic and Metabolic Engineering (Master’s Degree in Bioengineering)
Fundamental Laboratory complementary training (Master’s Degree in Bioengineering)
Genetic and Protein Engineering complementary training (Master’s Degree in Bioengineering)



Synthetic Biology and Molecular Biotechnology in Green Microalgae:

  • Genetic and metabolic engineering of microalgae for the sustainable production of high-value biocompounds
  • Engineering chloroplast glycolipid metabolism in the green microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
  • Optogenetic control of gene expression as a tool for synthetic biology
  • Plant photosensory systems involving phytochrome (phy) photoreceptors and phy-interacting transcription factors (PIFs)

More information: https://planaslab.iqs.edu/research/synthetic-biology-and-molecular-biotechnology-in-green-microalgae/


Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology Group (GQBB)

More information: https://planaslab.iqs.edu/