Sílvia Bofill-Mas

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She obtained her PhD at the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2003. She has been mainly involved in the study of mechanisms of transmission of polyomaviruses and the use of adenoviruses and polyomaviruses as indicators of human viral contamination. Nowadays she is an associate professor at the Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics Department of the Biology Faculty, University of Barcelona. She teaches at students of the Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, and Biomedicine degrees and at students of the master's degree in Advanced Microbiology and the master's degree in Water. Interdisciplinary Analysis and Sustainable Management. Her research is focused on studying human DNA viruses, adenoviruses and polyomaviruses present in the environment and its potential application as indicators of fecal pollution from human and/or animal origin (microbial source tracking). She is also working on the characterization of viruses in different types of sample by applying Next Generation Sequencing Techniques.

Characterisation of the sewage virome: compar...
Microbiological contamination of conventional...
Metagenomic analysis of viruses, bacteria and...


URBANWAT is a project financed by the EU Commission under the call “Closing the Water Cycle Gap”of  the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. This research propose an improvement of tools and criteria for groundwater management in urban areas to ensure the sustainability of urban water resources and define their potential uses, from an integral approach.



New METAgenomics and molecular based tools for european scale identification and control of emergent microbial contaminants in irrigation WATER.

Irrigation water may be the source of microbiological contamination of fresh vegetables and has been associated to important food-borne epidemics of gastroenteritis, acute hepatitis and other important diseases.